Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein may be stripped of his membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the organization’s 54-member Board of Governors has set an emergency meeting for Saturday to decide whether to take the action.
The report notes that some observers see it as a done deal. Former Academy President Sid Ganis is quoted by THR saying: “The Academy should consider condemning him in the most forceful terms. Kick him out? He’s already out.”
But THR adds: “For others, although they are equally adamant in condemning Weinstein, who has been accused of multiple incidents of sexual harassment, abuse and even rape, there is the worrying concern that banishing Weinstein would set a precedent which would force the organization to begin policing the behavior of its 8,427 members.”
Bruce Feldman, a member of the Academy’s public relations branch, is quoted saying: “It’s not that I wouldn’t like to see Harvey booted out of the Academy. I would. But this raises questions about [Roman] Polanski and [Bill] Cosby and Lord knows who else. And then there are the legions of big-shot producers and execs who belittle and scream at everyone daily. Is persistent abusiveness OK, but sexual predation isn’t? I ran for [the Board of Governors] twice and lost. There’s a silver lining in everything.”