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Harvey Weinstein: Oscars board votes to expel producer

October 14, 2017 4:26 pm

The organisation behind the Oscars has voted to expel Harvey Weinstein following numerous allegations of sexual assaults made against the film producer.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said its board “voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority” to expel him.

Its members includes Hollywood figures such as Tom Hanks and Whoopi Goldberg.

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Dozens of accusations have been made against Weinstein in recent days.

The emergency board meeting followed an avalanche of accusations against the producer by more than two dozen women, including actresses Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Rose McGowan, who alleges that he raped her in a hotel room.

Police forces in the US and the UK are investigating the allegations.

Weinstein has insisted through a spokeswoman that any sexual contacts he had were consensual, and he denies accusations of criminal sexual harassment, rape and sexual assault.

President Pierre Lescure, the president of the Cannes Film Festival, where Weinstein was a regular, said the organisation was “dismayed to learn of the accusations”.

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