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Motion Picture Academy expels Harvey Weinstein

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Oct. 14 that it voted to expel Harvey Weinstein from the organization, amid allegations of sexual harassment and assault made by actresses and female employees against the producer, the Wall Street Journal and several other news outlets reported.

The Academy's board of governors said in a statement that they wanted to not only separate themselves from Weinstein, but also "send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over," according to the report.

The fallout from the allegations first reported on Oct. 5 by the The New York Times has been swift, culminating in Weinstein's termination as co-chairman of The Weinstein Co. on Oct. 8. His ouster from the company he co-founded with his brother, Co-Chairman Bob Weinstein, was followed by reports that the company was considering a sale or closure, according to the Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter. However, Bob Weinstein has denied the company is exploring a sale or shutdown.

Weinstein won an Oscar for producing the 1999 best picture winner, "Shakespeare in Love."