The people behind the Academy Awards are changing how they do things.
In a memo sent out by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson on Wednesday night, it was revealed that the Motion Picture Academy had come up with its first "standards of conduct" in regard to sexual harassment for its 8,427 members. In October, a task force was put together to come up with this procedure in response to numerous women coming forward accusing former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
That same month, Weinstein -- who was part of several Oscar-winning movies, including the 1998 movie Shakespeare in Love, starring Gwyneth Paltrow -- became the second person to ever be expelled from the Academy.
"The task force will finalize procedures for handling allegations of misconduct, assuring that we can address them fairly and expeditiously," Hudson said in her message. "This process will ultimately guide the Board of Governors in assessing if certain allegations warrant action regarding membership. Those procedures will be sent to you in the new year."
She continued, "We are articulating these standards with the simple goal of fostering the kind of environment that enables and supports creativity, and furthers the Academy’s mission."
Also this week, the New York Times released an article where Paltrow claims that she's been hearing that Weinstein used to repeatedly boast about having sex with her to coerce other women into sleeping with him.
"He’s not the first person to lie about sleeping with someone,” she said. “But he used the lie as an assault weapon."
In response to the recent Times article,
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