Oscars Academy Puts a 'Standards of Conduct’ in Place After Harvey Weinstein Sexual Misconduct Allegations
By Jackie Willis
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."
"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, Weinstein's attorneys said in a statement: "Mr. Weinstein has never at any time committed an act of sexual assault, and it is wrong and irresponsible to conflate claims of impolitic behavior or consensual sexual contact later regretted, with an untrue claim of criminal conduct. There is a wide canyon between mere allegation and truth, and we are confident that any sober calculation of the facts will prove no legal wrongdoing occurred. Nonetheless, to those offended by Mr. Weinstein’s behavior, he remains deeply apologetic.”