Harvey Weinstein expelled by Academy: ‘The era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity … is over’

15 Oct

Harvey Weinstein has been expelled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in an unprecedented condemnation of decades of sexual harassment.

Weinstein, 65, stands accused of at least four rapes, which he has denied. But he has admitted to improper behaviour, and over 30 women have now come forward to accuse him of sexual harassment.

The 54-member board of governors, which includes such Hollywood luminaries as Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and Kathleen Kennedy, voted on Saturday to dismiss him from their organisation.

Last night Hollyoaks actress Lysette Anthony, 54, joined the growing list of accusers.

She told the Sunday Times she had reported Weinstein to the Met Police for allegedly raping her at her London home in the 1980s, describing the incident as “pathetic and revolting”.

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