Television Academy executives have initiated disciplinary proceedings against member Harvey Weinstein.
The Hollywood producer is currently the subject of several police investigations following accusations of sexual assault and harassment by a number of women, including actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Accordingly, organizations like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, British Film Institute, and Producers Guild of America have stripped him of membership, and it looks like the Television Academy – which presents the annual Primetime Emmy Awards – will be the next to follow suit.
In a statement released to Variety, a spokesperson for the Academy said the Board of Governors have met to discuss what happens next.
“Sexual harassment in any form is abhorrent and totally unacceptable,” the statement reads. “Television is a collaborative industry and we fully support those who have been affected by these allegations. The Television Academy stands united with those throughout the industry condemning such behavior in the strongest terms.
“The Television Academy’s Board of Governors met this evening. In accordance with the Academy’s established procedures, it was overwhelmingly decided to initiate disciplinary proceedings concerning Academy member Harvey Weinstein; such proceedings could result in action up to and including termination of Academy membership. Per the Academy’s by-laws, a hearing has been set for early November.”
Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company, the firm he co-founded, following the flurry of sexual assault allegations made against him in an expose published in The New York Times. He has denied any non-consensual sexual conduct.