The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that it has suspended Harvey Weinstein’s membership. In a statement released on Wednesday, October 11, the organization stated the suspension came “in light of recent very serious allegations.”
“Whilst BAFTA has previously been a beneficiary of Mr Weinstein’s support for its charitable work, it considers the reported alleged behaviour completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA’s values. This has led to Mr Weinstein’s suspension, and it will be followed by a formal process as laid out in BAFTA’s constitution.”
“We hope this announcement sends a clear message that such behaviour has absolutely no place in our industry,” continued the statement. “BAFTA will continue to work with the film, games and television industries to improve access to rewarding and fulfilling careers in safe, professional working environments.”
Weinstein has yet to comment on his suspension. The fallen producer was previously rumored to have his team trying to rush him out of the United States as an FBI investigation began. The Department of Justice, run by President Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions, allegedly ordered the probe with the bureau being instructed to investigate the mounting allegations leveled at Weinstein.
While it’s unclear if the order came directly from Sessions, the move by DOJ was likely to be seen as highly political, given the fact that Weinstein is such a vocal anti-Trump with ties to Trump’s foe Hillary Clinton. In the midst of the FBI opening investigation into him, the movie mogul was believed to plan to head to Europe for sex rehab, leading to fears he would dodge prosecution in the U.S.
Weinstein was set to leave the country on Tuesday, October 10 and fly to Europe, with Switzerland as the destination, but the plan changed. The disgraced movie mogul and his team decided he would attend a live-in facility in Arizona to get treatment for both his sex addiction and other behavioral issues. He was spotted taking a private jet from Van Nuys Airport bound for Arizona. He’s set to land in the city of Wickenburg near the Meadows rehab center, according to TMZ.