Oscars Board Expels Harvey Weinstein

Oscars expels Harvey Weinstein (photo: AP)

Embattled American film producer Harvey Weinstein has been expelled by the organising body of the Oscars following numerous allegations of sexual assault made against him.

Weinstein was expelled on Saturday after the board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority.”

Those who make up the board include Hollywood figures such as Tom Hanks and Whoopi Goldberg.

Weinstein’s films have received more than 300 Oscar nominations and won 81.

The emergency board meeting followed an avalanche of accusations against the producer by more than two dozen women.

Superstar actresses Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Rose McGowan, were also among those who accused him of sexual assault.

Meanwhile, the police in the United States and the United Kingdom are probing the allegations.

But Weinstein’s spokeswoman has insisted that any sexual contacts the filmmaker had were consensual.

He also denied accusations of criminal sexual harassment, rape and sexual assault.

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