Harvey Weinstein was voted out of Hollywood's premiere organization, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on Saturday in the latest rebuke to a longtime movie production heavyweight who has been entangled in a growing sexual assault scandal.
The Academy's board of governors, which has 54 members, voted to "immediately expel" Weinstein in a move that breaks 90 years of precedent as other Hollywood figures who dealt with sex scandals in the past, like Roman Polansky, have not been kicked out.
"We do so 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," the board said in a statement. "What's at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society. The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify."
Weinstein has been attached to movies like "The King's Speech" and "Pulp Fiction," through through Miramax and later Weinstein Co., which have earned hundreds of Oscar nominations.
Weinstein won a Best Picture Oscar for the 1998 film "Shakespeare in Love." The film starred Gwyneth Paltrow, who is just one of the many women coming out to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.
Earlier this month the New York Times published a bombshell report that exposed settlements with women who had accused Weinstein of sexual harassment over a period of decades. Follow-up reports added allegations of sexual assault and rape.
Weinstein has denied the allegations of non-consentual sex, though in his initial statement in response to the Times' story he admitted that that he has "caused a lot of pain."
"I came of age in the ['60s] and ['70s], when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then," Weinstein said in a statement to the Times. "I have since learned it's not an excuse, in the office — or out of it. To anyone. I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed. I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it."
Weinstein's lawyer Lisa Bloom, initially come to his defense, saying that her client "denies many of the accusations as patently false." She later quit, and explained in an interview published Saturday that she made a "colossal mistake" representing Weinstein.
Weinstein has been rebuked by figures across the Hollywood and political spectrum, including former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, both of whom were slow to respond to the controversy and previously received fundraising assistance from Weinstein. A slew of Democrats who received donations from Weinstein have pledged to give that money to charity.