Oscars Academy Meets to Discuss Disgraced Award Winner Harvey Weinstein's Future

Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein

Beckinsale said she left "uneasy but unscathed" after declining alcohol and saying she had school in the morning.

Paltrow is one of dozens of women coming forward this week to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct, telling the New York Times that the movie mogul made unwanted advances towards her in a hotel room when she was 22. He then asked whether she felt it was a conflict to be his nanny while pursuing an acting career and smirked when he asked whether she would "flirt" with his friends to get ahead.

The New York Times earlier reported that McGowan was among the numerous women sexually harassed by Weinstein, who paid McGowan a financial settlement in 1997.

Beckinsale calls for a new paradigm in the industry and says "let's stop allowing our young women to be sexual cannon fodder".

"Then, the women contend, he variously tried to initiate massages, touched them inappropriately, took off his clothes or offered them explicit work-for-sex deals", according to the New York Times. He said he assumed they involved consensual affairs because Harvey Weinstein had insinuated that he was a philanderer. Last Friday, the four who remained - Bob Weinstein, Ben Ammar, Koenigsberg and Maerov - announced that Harvey Weinstein would take a leave of absence while an outside lawyer investigated the complaints.

To address any lingering concern about Harvey Weinstein's behaviour, Maerov said he successfully pushed a new code of conduct at the company that included a detailed description of sexual harassment.

"A second chance, I hope", Weinstein, 65, added.

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"Mr. Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual", a statement from his representative to The New Yorker said.

"We women knew men were gross since our sixth grade gym teacher said "good job" at the end of class and rubbed our shoulders that were somehow on the front of our bodies", she explained.

"Guys, I'm not doing OK, but I'm trying", Weinstein told reporters on Wednesday as he entered an SUV parked outside his daughter's Los Angeles home. Before getting into the auto, Weinstein says, "You know what, we all make mistakes".

After the episode, Maerov said, Harvey Weinstein refused to let the board review his personnel file directly.

Pierre Lescure, the festival president, and general delegate Thierry Fremaux, wrote in a joint statement: "These actions point to a pattern of behavior that merits only the clearest and most unequivocal condemnation".

The Academy has awarded 81 Oscars to films produced by the Miramax studio and the Weinstein Company, both co-founded by Weinstein and his brother.

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