Harvey Weinstein Thrown Out of Motion Picture Academy as Allegations Mount

In the past few days, numerous female actresses, models and collaborators have come forth with additional accusations against Weinstein ranging from sexual misconduct to rape

FILE- In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. On Saturday, Oct. 14, 2016, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revoked Weinstein's membership. The decision, reached Saturday in an emergency session, comes in the wake of recent reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine that revealed sexual harassment and rape allegations against him going back decades.(Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP, File)
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled producer Harvey Weinstein on Saturday, after allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women over the past three decades. 

The academy said in a statement that its board of governors "voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy." 

A representative for Weinstein had no immediate comment. Weinstein, 65, has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

The academy has nominated for an Oscar 341 films produced and distributed by Miramax and The Weinstein Company, according to Forbes magazine. Those nominations resulted in 81 Oscars, including best producer for Weinstein for "Shakespeare in Love" in 1999.

In a statement issued earlier this week, the academy's board called the allegations against Weinstein "repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the academy and the creative community it represents."

The 65-year-old, who according to news reports left Los Angeles on Friday for a rehab facility in Arizona, has suffered a colossal fall from grace touched off by a New York Times report 10 days ago that said he had paid off at least eight women after they alleged Weinstein had sexually assaulted them. 

The women said he asked for massages during business meetings, appeared naked in front of them and made other unwanted advances. 

In the past few days, numerous female actresses, models and collaborators have come forth with additional accusations against Weinstein ranging from sexual misconduct to rape.

Among the list of actresses who have spoken out are Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Heather Graham, Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne and Lea Seydoux. Rose McGowan's charge of rape is the most serious.

Prominent industry colleagues also distanced themselves from Weinstein as the scandal unfolded. Film stars such as Meryl Streep, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio have said they were shocked by the alleged sexual assaults and abuse of power.

The scandal also has touched U.S. political circles. Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, whose presidential campaign last year reportedly accepted donations from Weinstein, said on Tuesday she was "shocked and appalled" by the allegations. 

Former vice president Joe Biden on Thursday said Weinstein used the power he had to make or break the careers of a number of very talented actors in "disgusting and immoral" ways. 

Oscar winner Michael Moore, who worked with Weinstein for his documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11", called on Friday to create "a world without Harveys."

Moore described Weinstein as a "successful sociopath" in a Facebook entry. He himself had known nothing about Weinstein's activities. Everyone must now stand behind the women who had the courage to reveal the truth about Weinstein, Moore said.