LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein are "repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement Wednesday.
The organisation, which annually hosts the Oscars ceremony, further announced a special meeting of the Academy's Board of Governors set for Sunday, Oct. 14, "to discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the Academy."
Earlier on Wednesday, the British Academy suspended Weinstein "indefinitely," noting that the organization "considers the reported alleged behavior completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA's values."
Weinstein's films have been a mainstay on the Oscar circuit, from "My Left Foot" in 1989 to "Lion" last year. He himself has been nominated twice, for best picture, including a win for "Shakespeare in Love" in 1999.