The Producers Guild of America today voted unanimously to expel disgraced Weinstein Co. chief, Harvey Weinstein.
The PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers met this morning, calling sexual harassment a “systemic and pervasive problem requiring immediate industry-wide action.”
Here’s the statement released by the PGA:
This morning, the PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein’s membership.
As required by the PGA’s Constitution, Mr. Weinstein will be given the opportunity to respond before the Guild makes its final determination on November 6, 2017.
Sexual harassment of any type is completely unacceptable. This is a systemic and pervasive problem requiring immediate industry-wide action. Today, the PGA’s National Board and Officers — composed of 20 women and 18 men — created the Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force specifically charged with researching and proposing substantive and effective solutions to sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.
The PGA calls on leaders throughout the entertainment community to work together to ensure that sexual abuse and harassment are eradicated from the industry.
The expulsion is not effective immediately. Weinstein will be given the opportunity to respond before the Guild makes its final determination on Nov. 6.
Just days ago, he was also expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Academy said in a statement:“We [have voted to expel Weinstein] not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues, but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”
Dozens of women have accused him of harassment, assault, and rape have accused him of rape.