The film academy's board, led by chief executive Dawn Hudson and including Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Kathleen Kennedy and Whoopi Goldberg, is composed of 21 female members, and has taken steps to increase the number of women in the organization in recent years. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published on Saturday, Weinstein's brother, Bob, stated that he planned to write a note to the Academy, encouraging that his brother be expelled.
Thoughout his career, Weinstein's films have earned more than 300 Oscar nominations, and 81 Oscar wins. The academy’s move follows the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ decision to suspend Weinstein’s membership earlier this week. The Producers Guild of America is expected to hold a meeting on Monday morning to decide whether to take similar action.
Weinstein's fall from power follows The New York Times' initial article last week, which claimed he had sexually harassed women for three decades. Since then, several of Hollywood's biggest actresses, like Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, have come forward accusing him of sexual harassment, with others, like Rose McGowan, accusing him of rape.