On Saturday morning, a special meeting was held in Los Angeles by the Academy board. They later released a statement about their decision.
“We do so 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 statement read.
“What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society. The board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify."
Celebrities quickly turned to Twitter to react to the decision.
Mia Farrow tweeted “Harvey Weinstein is out” after the news.
Proud of the @TheAcademy! Harvey Weinstein is out. There are others- but hopefully we are witnessing the end of an awful era.— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) October 14, 2017
Other stars, such as Emmy Rossum, the star of Shameless, and Ron Perlman, also tweeted about the decision.
Amen, the academy!!!— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) October 14, 2017
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
Rose McGowan, one of women who accused Weinstein of sexual harrasment and assault, wrote on Instagram, “We slay dragons."
The Academy also noted in its statement that the votes to boot Weinstein were “well in excess of the required two-thirds majority.”
Weinstein, 65, has already been suspended by the British Film Academy in the aftermath of an explosive article in The New Yorker in which several women accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Weinstein was also fired Sunday by The Weinstein Co., a studio he co-founded with his brother.
"I’m ashamed that he is my brother, to be honest,” Bob Weinstein told the Hollywood Reporter. “And I am ashamed that these are his actions.”