In the midst of multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations, Harvey Weinstein has been fired from his own company, expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and suspended by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Now, the Producers Guild of America is the latest organization to cut ties with Weinstein after a meeting of the PGA’s board of directors and officers on Monday morning. The board unanimously voted to initiate “termination proceedings” over Weinstein’s membership.
Weinstein and his brother Bob won the PGA’s highest honor, the Milestone Award, in 2012. In a statement on Weinstein’s expulsion, the guild called sexual harassment “a systemic and pervasive problem requiring immediate industry-wide action” and announced the creation of an Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force.
Per the guild’s bylaws, the expulsion does not immediately go into effect; Weinstein will have a chance to respond before a final decision is made on Nov. 6.
The PGA’s full statement by Presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary is below:
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.