UK film academy ousts Harvey Weinstein over sex abuse claims
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UK film academy ousts Harvey Weinstein over sex abuse claims

BAFTA says allegations against disgraced Hollywood producer 'completely unacceptable and incompatible' with its values

In this November 23, 2011 photo, film producer Harvey Weinstein poses for a photo in New York. (AP Photo/John Carucci, File)
In this November 23, 2011 photo, film producer Harvey Weinstein poses for a photo in New York. (AP Photo/John Carucci, File)

LONDON — Britain’s film academy expelled movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, after suspending him last year over sexual misconduct allegations.

The academy, known as BAFTA, said Friday that “following the suspension of Harvey Weinstein’s BAFTA membership in October 2017, BAFTA has formally terminated his membership, effective immediately.”

The academy said that although it had benefited from Weinstein’s support for its charitable work, his alleged behavior was “completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA’s values.”

Police in the United States and Britain are investigating allegations of rape and sexual assault against Weinstein, once one of Hollywood’s most powerful players.

Scores of women, including well-known actresses, have accused Weinstein of sexual assault or harassment. He has been fired by the film company he founded with his brother Bob and expelled from Hollywood’s movie academy.

On Tuesday, a lawyer for called actress Rose McGowan’s claims of rape against the former Hollywood producer “a bold lie.”

Actress Rose McGowan at a film premiere in Los Angeles on April 15, 2015. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Attorney Ben Brafman wrote in a statement that McGowan is trying to smear Weinstein to promote her new book “Brave.”

McGowan details her allegations against Weinstein in the memoir released Tuesday. She said in the book that the producer forced himself on her during what began as a business meeting at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.

Brafman’s statement says Weinstein and his attorneys “have refrained from publicly criticizing any of the women who have made allegations of sexual assault against Mr. Weinstein despite a wealth of evidence that would demonstrate the patent falsity of these claims.

“Watching the ‘performance’ by Rose McGowan as she looks to promote her new book however, has made it impossible to remain quiet,” the statement said.

Brafman says Weinstein denies McGowan’s claims. The attorney also cites correspondence from “two witnesses” to corroborate his client’s position: Entertainment manager Jill Messick and Oscar winner Ben Affleck.

The statement released through crisis management firm Sitrick & Co. also included several photos of McGowan looking cordial with Weinstein at an industry event in 2005.

McGowan responded on Twitter late Tuesday by calling out Weinstein by name, which she had pointedly refrained from doing.

“It is you (who) did this to us,” she wrote.

A representative for Affleck did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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