Oscars hosts to hold emergency meeting over Harvey Weinstein abuse claims

12 Oct

The organisers of the Oscars are to hold emergency talks on Saturday to discuss their reaction to the crisis in Hollywood sparked by accusations of Harvey Weinstein’s predatory sexual harassment.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hosts the Oscars,  said the claims of sexual assault against the film mogul were “repugnant”.

In a further development, New York Police told the BBC that they were looking to speak to “an individual” regarding an allegation against Weinstein dating from 2004.

The academy, which has awarded 81 Oscars to films produced by Weinstein’s Miramax studio and the Weinstein Company, said it would meet on Saturday to “discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the academy”.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), has already suspended his membership.

Weinstein strongly denies the most serious of the allegations against him, including that he raped and sexually assaulted a number of actresses.

A string of high-profile actresses, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Rosanna Arquette and Angelina Jolie, have come forward to accuse him of harassment or assault.

British actress and model Cara Delevingne is one of the latest to accuse him of inappropriate behaviour. In a statement, she said he implied they should have sex and tried to kiss her as she tried to leave a hotel room, adding that “I felt very powerless and scared”.

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