The board of governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revoked Harvey Weinstein’s membership. In a statement, board members say they’re sending a message that “sexually predatory behavior … in our industry is over.”
Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul who has been accused of sexual misconduct by a number of leading actresses this past week, continues to be in the news.
Since The New York Times and The New Yorker published scathing allegations of decades of assault (which he denies), Weinstein has been fired from the company he co-founded, left by his wife and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
James Corden responds to backlash for Weinstein joke
The late-night TV host tweeted Sunday after comments he made at Friday’s AmfAR Gala in Los Angeles were met with groans.
“It’s a beautiful night here in L.A. So beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage,” he said from the stage. “It has been weird this week, though, watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath.”
Corden addressed the backlash in a pair of tweets: “To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter. I was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behavior, but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention,” he wrote.
Ex-intern alleges producer exposed himself to her in 1980
A 62-year-old woman says Harvey Weinstein exposed himself to her when she interned as a production assistant on his first film, The Burning, in 1980 — one of the earliest allegations to surface against the movie mogul.
Paula Wachowiak told The Buffalo Newsshe was sent to Weinstein’s hotel room with a pile of checks for him to sign.
Weinstein was standing behind the door, she says. “When I got into the room, I realized that he was holding a hand towel around his waist.” She says he took the manila folder full of checks, dropped the towel and was naked underneath.
He told her he had a kink in his shoulder and asked for a massage, Wachowiak says. “That’s not in my job description,” she says she told Weinstein.
Wachowiak, who was 24 at the time, says she left the room in tears. Later, she says, he asked, “Was seeing me naked the highlight of your internship?”
She says she shared the incident with the film’s production supervisor and accountant.
French president plans to revoke Legion of Honor award
On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron said he had “started the procedures” to rescind Weinstein’s Legion of Honor award. The award was given to Weinstein in 2012 after the producer’s French film The Artist won several Oscars.
There’s another American whose Legion of Honor award has been revoked: disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Woody Allen is asked about Weinstein
Filmmaker Woody Allen, another Hollywood figure accused of sexual abuse, has worked with Weinstein on films that include the Oscar-winning Mighty Aphrodite. BBC News asked Allen, who’s promoting his film Wonder Wheel, about Weinstein.
“The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved,” Allen said in a story published Sunday. “Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that (his) life is so messed up.”
Allen hoped that the allegations against Weinstein would lead to “some amelioration,” but not “to a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself. That’s not right either.”
Ronan Farrow, Allen’s son with Mia Farrow, is the reporter who wrote the New Yorker piece that detailed many of Weinstein’s alleged assaults. Farrow has also alleged that his father abused his sister, Dylan.
British police investigate
London’s Metropolitan Police said Sunday that a woman reported being assaulted in 2010, 2011 and 2015 by Weinstein. The police force said officers from its Child Abuse and Sexual Offenses Command are investigating.
These allegations follow another reported Wednesday in London by British actress Lysette Anthony, who said Weinstein raped her in her home in the late 1980s.
Mayim Bialik’s Weinstein column gets mixed reaction
The Big Bang Theory and Blossom star Mayim Bialik wrote a New York Times column Friday called “Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World.” In it, she writes about having a “non-traditional” appearance in Hollywood, dressing conservatively, not acting “flirtatiously” and sometimes being “ignored by men in power.”
On Sunday, Bialik tweeted that she heard her piece “resonated with so many,” but some “have taken my words out of the context of the Hollywood machine and twisted them to imply that God forbid I would blame a woman for her assault based on her clothing and behavior.”
The actress added, “Anyone who knows me and my feminism knows that’s absurd and not at all what this piece was about.”
Producers Guild could expel Weinstein
The PGA (Producers Guild of America) is set to have an emergency board meeting Monday regarding the membership of Weinstein, who received the PGA’s Milestone Award in 2013 with his brother, Bob Weinstein.
Related: A timeline of Harvey Weinstein
Contributing: The Associated Press
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