The sexual misconduct scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein and impacting much of Hollywood continues to have momentum, more than three weeks after it broke.
“In the last three days, actresses Anabella Sciorra and Darryl Hannah came forward to accuse the producer of sexual misconduct, joined today by four new women cited by The New York Times,” USA Today reports. “And even though the day of reckoning has arrived for other powerful figures like journalist Mark Halperin and Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, men are still struggling with how to discuss sexual harassment with women and each other.”
The allegations in today’s New York Times story go all the way back to the 1970s.
In another development today, USA Today reports that the Producers Guild of America “took the unprecedented step of officially enacting a lifetime ban for its once illustrious member, Weinstein.”
“The PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers (20 women and 18 men) had voted unanimously Oct. 16 to ‘institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein’s membership,’ according to a statement at the time by guild Presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCrear,” USA Today reports. “Under the guild’s constitution, Weinstein had three weeks to respond before the guild officially made the determination. Rather than addressing the guild’s charges in that span, Weinstein elected to resign his membership, Monday’s guild statement said.”
The guild’s statement adds: “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 also established an Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force aimed at coming up with “substantive and effective solutions to combat sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.”