The Television Academy Bans Harvey Weinstein for Life
The Television Academy has expelled Harvey Weinstein for life, as reported by Variety. The organization voted at a meeting on Monday to ban the producer, who has been accused of assaulting, harassing and raping women, including actresses and co-workers. The Television Academy announced the news in the following statement.
"After a hearing today, the Television's Academy governance has voted to expel Harvey Weinstein from the Academy for life. The Academy supports those speaking out against harassment in all forms and stands behind those who have been affected by this issue. The unfolding and widespread examples of this horrific behavior are deeply disturbing to the Academy's leadership. We have been in contact with leaders across the industry and share with them a deep sense of responsibility to provide clear workplace benchmarks reflecting decency and respect. As a result, we are expediting an already-begun detailed review and revision of our Television Academy membership codes of conduct. We are determined to play a role in protecting all television professionals from predatory harassment, ensuring they are able to practice their craft in a safe environment."
The Academy is not finished yet with Weinstein. Next, they will be reviewing their code of conduct, as it was put into place before Weinstein's scandal.
The Television Academy is not the only place that has expelled Weinstein. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, BAFTA, the Producers Guild and the Director's Guild have all banned the Weinstein for life. SAG-AFTRA, Writers Guild of America West and Writers Guild of America East have also issued statement denouncing the producer.
His own production company has fired him and is currently in the process of suing him in order to gain access to his personal files and emails. He is also under multiple criminal and civil rights investigations in Los Angeles, New York and London.