Harvey Weinstein banned from Producers Guild of America as new sex allegations surface

PGA votes unanimously to expel film industry mogul for life, while farther claims of sexual misconduct dating to 1970 s are reported

Harvey Weinstein has been handed a lifetime banning by the Producers Guild of America, as allegations of sexual assault and harassment continue to be made against the film industry mogul.

The PGA, which represents cinema, Tv and new media producers across the US, announced the decision on 30 October after its board voted unanimously to expel Weinstein.

” In illumination of Mr Weinstein’s widely reported behaviours, with new reports continuing to surface even now, the Producers Guild’s national board has voted unanimously to enact a lifetime prohibition on Mr Weinstein, permanently barring him from PGA membership ,” the statement said.” This unprecedented step is a reflection of the seriousness with which the guild regards the numerous the reporting of Mr Weinstein’s decades of reprehensible conduct. Sexual harassment can no longer be tolerated in our industry or within the ranks of Producers Guild membership .”

The PGA added that Weinstein had opted to be removed from the guild on 16 October rather than face expulsion- a decision which a statement from the PGA described as an” unprecedented step “.

The PGA news came as the New York Times detailed four additional allegations of sexual misconduct against the producer, two of which date to the 1970 s. Hope Exiner d’Amore claims that Weinstein raped her in a hotel in Buffalo, New York, in the 70 s, when he was working as a concert promoter. Actor Cynthia Burr, meanwhile, claims that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in a hotel hallway in the late 70 s.

The New York Times also reported allegations made against Weinstein by dancer Ashley Matthau, who claims that Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 2004 and later paid her $100,000 to avoid her from speaking out. A fourth female, Lacey Dorn, said that Weinstein grabbed her crotch at a party in 2011. A spokesman for the producer has said that he” unequivocally denies” all allegations of non-consensual sexuality.

More than 90 women have alleged assault or harassment by Weinstein, who is being investigated by police in New York, London and Los Angeles. The producer has been expelled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, while the Directors Guild of America are said to also be in the process of expelling him.

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