Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has resigned his membership in the Producers Guild of America, and the organization has announced it has imposed a lifetime ban barring him from ever returning to the group.
The guild’s National Board of Directors voted earlier this month to begin the process of expelling Weinstein from the organization. But its bylaws required that Weinstein be given two weeks to respond before final action is taken.
“The guild has received notice that rather than addressing the guild’s charges, Mr. Weinstein elected to resign his membership in the Producers Guild,” according to a statement released by the guild Monday. “In light of Mr. Weinstein’s widely reported behavior — with new reports continuing to surface even now — the Producers Guild’s National Board has voted unanimously to enact a lifetime ban on Mr. Weinstein, permanently barring him from PGA membership.”
The guild called the step “unprecedented,” and a reflection of “the seriousness with which the guild regards the numerous reports of Mr. Weinstein’s decades of reprehensible conduct.”
“Sexual harassment can no longer be tolerated in our industry or within the ranks of Producers Guild membership,” according to the guild. “As stated previously, the PGA’s Officers and National Board of Directors have created the Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force specifically charged with researching and proposing substantive and effective solutions to combat sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.”
Weinstein, who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual harassment or assault, was previously expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Weinstein has apologized for his past behavior, but has vehemently denied ever engaging in non-consensual sexual activity.
–City News Service