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TV Academy Votes to Begin Disciplinary Proceedings Against Harvey Weinstein

The Television Academy has voted to begin disciplinary proceedings against Harvey Weinstein.

At a regularly scheduled meeting of the board of governors, the Academy overwhelmingly decided to pursue disciplinary action against the embattled producer, who stands accused of multiple counts of sexual harassment and assault. The proceedings may result in termination of his Academy membership, with a decision to be made at a hearing next month.

In a statement provided to Variety, the Television Academy said:

“Sexual harassment in any form is abhorrent and totally unacceptable. Television is a collaborative industry and we fully support those who have been affected by these allegations. The Television Academy stands united with those throughout the industry condemning such behavior in the strongest terms.
“The Television Academy’s Board of Governors met this evening. In accordance with the Academy’s established procedures, it was overwhelmingly decided to initiate disciplinary proceedings concerning Academy member Harvey Weinstein; such proceedings could result in action up to and including termination of Academy membership.  Per the Academy’s bylaws, a hearing has been set for early November.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted last week to strip him of his membership. BAFTA has also suspended his membership and the Producers Guild has begun the process to expel him as well. SAG-AFTRA, Writers Guild of America West, and Writers Guild of America East have all issued statements of condemnation, along with dozens of actors and executives.

Weinstein has earned 16 Emmy nominations throughout his career, for his role as an executive producer of Lifetime’s “Project Runway” and HBO’s “Project Greenlight.” He has been fired from his role as co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, and subsequently resigned as a member of the board.

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