Harvey Weinstein Sexual Abuse Allegations Spark Emergency Meeting For Oscars Film Academy

Calvin Saunders
October 13, 2017

They said in a statement: "Whilst BAFTA has previously been a beneficiary of Mr. Weinstein's support for its charitable work, it considers the reported alleged behavior completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA's values".

A British actress who once starred alongside Colin Firth has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. London's Metropolitan police force said it had received an allegation of sexual assault from the Merseyside force in northwest England.

In addition, Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have been among the more high-profile celebrities to go on the record about their alleged encounters.

After a report in The New York Times last week detailing some of the accusations, the board of Weinstein's own film studio, The Weinstein Co., fired him Sunday.

"I'm ashamed that I didn't say anything right then", Fonda said.

The film star, who is also an active women's rights advocate, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday that she "found out about Harvey about a year ago". However, some assaults described in the New Yorker piece took place in NY, where first-degree sexual assault has no time limit.

The academy behind the Oscars is to hold emergency meetings about Harvey Weinstein's future role with them, following the sexual abuse accusations that have been levelled against him.

On Wednesday morning, however, he was seen storming out of his daughter Remy's home in the Los Angeles area, with TMZ video also showing law enforcement at the house in response to what was described as a "family dispute" that spilled into the street. I got to get help.

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"Why yesterday you touch my breast?" the 22-year-old asked on the recording, published by The New Yorker.

Fonda, 79, said that her friend and fellow actor, Rosanna Arquette, had recounted a troubling experience with Weinstein. I'm used to that.

Seth MacFarlane has also come out to explain the story behind a joke he made at Weinstein's expense during the announcement of Academy Award nominations. But the Manhattan District Attorney determined there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute, and the statute of limitations on the allegations of forcible touching, a misdemeanor, have expired.

The district attorney's office declined to press charges, and Harvey Weinstein insisted that it was a setup, but some board members and top executives anxious that Harvey Weinstein had engaged in a pattern of behavior that could jeopardize the company.

"I, like they, were very disturbed by the contents of the tape".

But prosecutor Cyrus Vance said there was insufficient proof to pursue charges. "And our sex crime prosecutors made a determination that this was not going to be a provable case, and so the decision was made not to go forward". The statute of limitations has since expired. Pierre Lescure, president of the Cannes Film Festival, said in a statement: "These actions point to a pattern of behavior that merits only the clearest and most unequivocal condemnation".

Hachette Book Group, one of the country's top publishers, says that it has "terminated" its deal with Weinstein Books.

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