Following allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been fired from his own company, his wife has left him, and was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Today, the Producers Guild of America unanimously voted to remove Weinstein from their leadership board.
According to their website, the guild plays an active role in helping those in the film industry:
The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The PGA has over 7,500 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by facilitating members health benefits, encouraging enforcement of workplace labor laws, the creation of fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts.
Per Free Beacon:
The group’s board voted unanimously at a meeting to “institute termination proceedings” against Weinstein, which will give him an opportunity to respond before the guild makes its official decision on Nov. 6, according to CNN.
The PGA’s action follows a similar vote by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board on Saturday, and the suspension of Weinstein’s membership in its British academy counterpart, or BAFTA. The Television Academy is also slated to take up Weinstein’s status later this week.
In its statement, the Guild called sexual harassment “a systemic and pervasive problem requiring immediate industry-wide action.” Toward that end, the organization—whose board and officers consist of 20 women, and 18 men—announced the creation of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force, charged with “researching and proposing substantive and effective solutions” in the entertainment industry.
The board previously praised Weinstein and his work:
The Producers Guild has praised Weinstein and his brother, Bob, in the past, including in 2013 when the group presented the brothers with its “Milestone Award,” which recognized their contributions to the entertainment industry.
The PGA has over 7,500 members and is classified as a nonprofit trade group, which protects and advances the interests of producers.