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Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Bans Harvey Weinstein For Life

The group is the latest to disassociate itself from the disgraced producer.

11/07/2017 04:26 EST | Updated 11/07/2017 07:35 EST

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has become the latest entertainment organization to ban Harvey Weinstein amid mounting sexual harassment and assault allegations

The organization behind the Emmy Awards said its governance officials voted to expel Weinstein for life in light of the recent claims about his allegedly predatory and unlawful behavior.

“The Academy supports those speaking out against harassment in all forms and stands behind those who have been affected by this issue,” the academy said in a statement provided to multiple media outlets. “The unfolding and widespread examples of this horrific behavior are deeply disturbing to the Academy’s leadership. We have been in contact with leaders across the industry and share with them a deep sense of responsibility to provide clear workplace benchmarks reflecting decency and respect. As a result, we are expediting an already-begun detailed review and revision of our Television Academy membership codes of conduct. We are determined to play a role in protecting all television professionals from predatory harassment, ensuring they are able to practice their craft in a safe environment.”

The academy’s announcement followed similar statements from the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, both of which expelled Weinstein.

The television academy’s announcement came on the same day The New Yorker published another bombshell report about how the disgraced producer silenced accusers and prevented them from coming forward. The article’s author, Ronan Farrow, wrote that Weinstein employed private investigators, including former Mossad agents, to track actresses and journalists. 

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