Oct. 31 (UPI) — The Producers Guild of America’s national board has voted unanimously to enact a lifetime ban on disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.
Dozens of women have come forward in recent weeks to accuse Weinstein of sexually harassing and abusing them. He has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex and has not been charged with any crimes, but was fired from the company he co-founded with his brother Bob and has been roundly condemned by many members of the entertainment industry with whom he has worked for years. His wife also recently announced she left him.
“As was recently reported, the Producers Guild’s national board of directors voted unanimously to initiate proceedings to terminate the membership of Harvey Weinstein. The PGA constitution requires that members be given 15 days’ notice before disciplinary action is taken. The guild has received notice that rather than addressing the guild’s charges, Mr. Weinstein elected to resign his membership in the Producers Guild,” the organization said in a press release Monday.
“In light of Mr. Weinstein’s widely reported behavior — with new reports continuing to surface even now — the Producers Guild’s national board has voted unanimously to enact a lifetime ban on Mr. Weinstein, permanently barring him from PGA membership. This unprecedented step is a reflection of the seriousness with which the guild regards the numerous reports of Mr. Weinstein’s decades of reprehensible conduct. Sexual harassment can no longer be tolerated in our industry or within the ranks of Producers Guild membership. As stated previously, the PGA’s officers and national board of directors have created the Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force specifically charged with researching and proposing substantive and effective solutions to combat sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.”