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Following the lead of other major entertainment organizations, the Television Academy Monday expelled producer Harvey Weinstein for life over allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

“The Academy supports those speaking out against harassment in all forms and stands behind those who have been affected by this issue,” according to a statement from the Television Academy, first obtained by Variety. “The unfolding and widespread examples of this horrific behavior are deeply disturbing to the Academy’s leadership.

We have been in contact with leaders across the industry and share with them a deep sense of responsibility to provide clear workplace benchmarks reflecting decency and respect. As a result, we are expediting an already-begun detailed review and revision of our Television Academy membership codes of conduct. We are determined to play a role in protecting all television professionals from predatory harassment, ensuring they are able to practice their craft in a safe environment.”

Dozens of women have accused Weinstein of harassment or assault. Weinstein has apologized for his past behavior, but has strongly denied allegations of engaging in non-consensual sexual activity.

Los Angeles police have confirmed they are investigating two allegations of criminal sexual misconduct by Weinstein. Similar investigations are under way in New York and London.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has expelled Weinstein, as has the Producers Guild of America. The Directors Guild of America has also moved to expel him.

–City News Service

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