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Oscars Weinstein Panic: Academy Issues Statement, Discusses Actions

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Harvey Weinstein arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on Feb. 28, 2016, in Hollywood, California. (Jean Baptiste Lacroix/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Oscars have gone into Harvey Weinstein-panic mode, issuing a rare statement about one of its members while calling a meeting of its board to discuss further actions, IndieWire reported.

Weinstein, one of the most powerful movie moguls in Hollywood, has been in a freefall since The New York Times and New Yorker magazine published articles this week detailing alleged sexual harassment and rape charges against him.

He was fired from the company he cofounded, the Weinstein Company, and his wife of 10 years, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, publicly announced that she was leaving him in connection with the allegations, the New York Post reported.

"The Academy finds the conduct described in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein to be repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science said in a statement, according to IndieWire.

"The Board of Governors will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, Oct. 14, to discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the Academy," the statement continued.

Two anonymous board sources told IndieWire that they will discuss possibly revoking Weinstein's membership. His company has accounted for 303 Academy Award nominations and 75 Oscars wins over the past 30 years, noted IndieWire.

Weinstein's name has been connected with some of the top award-winning Hollywood films, including "Shakespeare in Love," "My Left Foot," "The Piano," "Good Will Hunting," "The English Patient," "The Crying Game," "Pulp Fiction," "Chicago," "The Artist," "The Aviator," "Silver Linings Playbook," and "The Iron Lady," noted IndieWire.

Some of the biggest stars in those films are now condemning him for the alleged actions, including Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady"), and Judi Dench ("Shakespeare in Love"), all Oscar winners, according to The Associated Press.

"I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein's behavior," Lawrence told the AP in a statement. "I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting.

"My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward," she continued.

Weinstein had his hand in politics, playing the role of a major fundraising bundler for the presidential campaigns for Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, noted the New York Post. Both have since issues statements attempting to distance themselves from the producer.

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