Producers Guild Votes Unanimously to Terminate Harvey Weinstein’s Membership

Mogul has opportunity to appeal board’s decision before expected expulsion in early November

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Harvey Weinstein’s membership to the Producers Guild of America is on track for termination.

“This morning, the PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein’s membership,” the guild said in a statement.

Guild leadership met Monday in an emergency session originally called for Saturday, following two explosive reports of sexual misconduct by Weinstein including multiple allegations of rape.

“As required by the PGA’s Constitution, Mr. Weinstein will be given the opportunity to respond before the Guild makes its final determination on Nov. 6,” the statement continued.

A representative for Weinstein has stated, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”

The PGA also announced the formation of a special task force dedicated to researching and solving allegations of sexual harassment in show business.

“Sexual harassment of any type is completely unacceptable.  This is a systemic and pervasive problem requiring immediate industry-wide action.  Today, the PGA’s National Board and Officers — composed of 20 women and 18 men — created the Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force specifically charged with researching and proposing substantive and effective solutions to sexual harassment in the entertainment industry,” the statement said.

The decision comes only two days after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled Weinstein from its membership, with a blistering farewell note attached about what was expected of its members.

“We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over,” the Academy wrote of the decision.