Harvey’s out; will Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski be the next to go?
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to revoke the lifetime membership of Harvey Weinstein in the wake of dozens of sexual misconduct allegations — immediately prompting questions about whether Cosby and Polanski will be able to retain their memberships.
The decision to expel the executive came from an emergency meeting of the academy’s 54-member board, which includes Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, and Kathleen Kennedy, among other Hollywood icons.
As a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences I am proud of their decision to expel Harvey Weinstein.
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) October 14, 2017
According to the New York Times, the board voted “well in excess” of the two-thirds majority needed to oust a member.
“We [expel Weinstein] 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 said in a statement per the Times. “What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.”
Now, the organization faces pressure regarding the fates of Cosby and Polanski, both of whom are accused abusers.
More than 30 women have accused Cosby of misconduct. His trial on sexual assault charges ended in a mistrial in June, with a new trial date set for early next month. Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to a statutory rape charge in 1977, then fled the country before his sentencing. He now resides in France.
Both men remain members of the academy.
Weinstein is only the second person to face expulsion. The first was actor Carmine Caridi, who was ejected for lending out screeners in 2004.
Colin Firths Wife Reveals She Had An Affair With Couples Alleged Stalker
Actor Colin Firth’s wife, Livia Giuggioli, an Italian movie producer and director, has confirmed she had an affair with the man she’s now accusing of stalking her and her husband.
The Firths, who’ve been together for over two decades, apparently separated for a short while a couple years back. During this time, Giuggioli began an affair with lifelongfriend and journalist Marco Brancaccia, who has launched a “frightening campaign of harassment” against the pair, who have since gotten back together, the couple’s representative said Friday.
“For obvious reasons, the Firths have never had any desire to make this matter public. A few years ago Colin and Livia privately made the decision to separate. During that time Livia briefly became involved with former friend Mr. Brancaccia. The Firths have since reunited,” a representative for the actor told HuffPost Friday in a statement.
The statement comes after reports about the allegations were made public due to leaked court documents, which possibly stem from the indictment against Brancaccia made by Italian prosecutors after the Firths lodged a harassment complaint.
“Subsequently, Mr. Brancaccia carried out a frightening campaign of harassment over several months, much of which is documented,” the statement continued. “As a consequence of his stalking, threats and refusal to desist, the legal complaint was lodged with the Italian authorities.”
The couple is based in London, but the Firths also have a home in Umbria, Italy.
Brancaccia, who works for the ANSA news agency, is now the subject of an Italian police investigation. He has denied the allegations and accused Giuggioli of fabricating the stalking claims to cover up the affair, which he says occurred between 2015 and 2016.
“We were romantically involved, she wanted to leave Colin for me,” he said in a statement to The Times published Friday morning. He added that the couple’s marriage had “been over for years.”
Brancaccia went on to claim that he only sent two WhatsApp messages to Giuggioli, as well as an email detailing the affair to Firth, who he describes as “understanding.”
“In a year she sent me hundreds of messages of love, photos and videos, even a diary,” he added.
Firth and Giuggioli share two children together Luca, 16 and Matteo, 15. The Oscar-winner also has another son, from a previous marriage to actress Meg Tilly.
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