The Directors Guild of America has launched disciplinary proceedings against disgraced ex-mogul Harvey Weinstein, which could lead to his expulsion.
The move was announced Saturday afternoon by DGA President Thomas Schlamme following a national board meeting in New York City. The guild said it filed the disciplinary proceedings on Oct. 13.
“The DGA has a long-standing practice of not commenting on internal union matters, but has decided to make an exception in this case to acknowledge the filing of charges,” the guild said. “However, because of due process concerns that are a part of federal requirements for labor unions, the DGA cannot comment further.”
Weinstein is listed as a DGA member on the dga.org site. Weinstein and his brother Bob Weinstein are credited as the co-directors on the 1986 movie “Playing for Keeps.”
The DGA’s move underlines how rapidly Weinstein’s career has descended since the Oct. 5 publication of a New York Times article detailing the settlements of eight lawsuits, including those filed by Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan. The expose has prompted dozens of women to come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
Along with the announcement about the disciplinary proceedings against Harvey Weinstein, the DGA also issued a strong condemnation of sexual harassment. Here’s the entire statement:
“The DGA condemns sexual harassment. There must be no tolerance for such deplorable abuses of power. This isn’t about one person. We must recognize sexual harassment is endemic in our society, and painfully, in our industry.
We believe that every individual has the right to a safe workplace. The unfortunate truth is that there are those who abuse the power that they hold.
For far too long, many have not spoken out – directors, agents, crew, executives, performers, producers, writers. This shameful code of complicity must be broken.
As directors and team members who solve problems for a living, we are committed to eradicating the scourge of sexual harassment on our industry.”
Previously, SAG-AFTRA, the Writers Guild of America West, and the Writers Guild of America East have condemned Harvey Weinstein following explosive allegations of harassment and assault. The Producers Guild of America moved this week to start the process of expelling Weinstein as a PGA member. All four organizations have promised to step up efforts to deal with the issue of sexual harassment and assault.