Oscars Board Has Only Booted 1 Member Before Weinstein

Embattled producer is out after emergency session, but Polanksi and Cosby remain
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 15, 2017 12:03 AM CDT
Updated Oct 15, 2017 2:21 AM CDT
Oscars Board Has Only Booted 1 Member Before Weinstein
In this March 2, 2014 file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been revoked by its board. The decision was reached Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in an emergency session.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

The swift move by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to revoke Harvey Weinstein's membership was virtually unprecedented, reports the AP. The decision was reached in an emergency session by the world's top movie organization and home to the Oscars. Only one person is thought to have been previously expelled from the academy: Carmine Caridi, a character actor who had his membership revoked in 2004 for lending DVD screeners of films in contention for Oscars that ended up online. The academy's swift and severe ruling against Weinstein may raise questions about other members who remain in good standing. These include Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby.

"What's at issue here," said the academy in a statement, "is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society." Brother Bob Weinstein says, "I want him to get the justice that he deserves." On Wednesday, Harvey Weinstein's membership in the British Academy of Film and Television Arts was revoked.

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