Motion Picture Academy Ousts Harvey Weinstein, Opening Door To Revisiting Polanski's Free Ride

Harvey Weinstein at the 2014 Oscars in Los Angeles. CreditJordan Strauss/Invision, via Associated Press

Harvey Weinstein at the 2014 Oscars in Los Angeles. CreditJordan Strauss/Invision, via Associated Press

the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences voted overwhelmingly to "immediately expel" Harvey Weinstein in an emergency meeting on Saturday. The decision broke 90 years of precedent, with the 54-member board of governors ousting one of the biggest Oscar layers in history over investigations by The New York Times and The New Yorkers that revealed countless sexual harassment and rape allegations against Weinstein going back decades. 

Women including Whoopi Goldberg, Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and documentarian rory Kennedy comprise about 40 percent of the Academy members.

The academy said the vote was “well in excess of the required two-thirds majority.”

It added, “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. What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.”

The academy said it would “work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all academy members will be expected to exemplify," writes New New York Times. 

The Academy has taken no action against Bill Cosby, accused of over 50 sexual assault cases, or academy members like Roman Polanski, who pleaded guilty to a sex crime involving a 13-year-old girl. 

Describing the two and a half hour meeting, with some members attending via remote, word was that the discussion was not heated. “Everyone seemed aligned,” one board member said anonymously. 

The Producers Guild of America was also scheduled to meet on Saturday to discuss revoking Mr. Weinstein’s membership. Late Friday, the group abruptly moved the special meeting to Monday. Under that group’s bylaws, Mr. Weinstein will have two weeks to respond to any action. The same guild gave the Weinstein brothers its Milestone award in 2013, citing their “historic contributions to the entertainment industry.”

The French government said that it is following legal events against Mr. Weinstein, and may revoke his Legion of Honor award, the country's highest civilian distinction given to Weinstein in 2012. 

Yashar Ali Reports New Allegation By Lauren Sivan Against Harvey Weinstein

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Writing for Huff Po, Yashar Ali reports that Lauren Sivan, who at the time was a news anchor on a local cable channel in New York, Long Island 12, says that Harvey Weinstein trapped her about 10 years ago in the hallway of Socialista, a Cuban-themed club and restaurant in New York. Weinstein and Giuseppe Cipriani were investors in Socialista, when a party including Sivan left Cipriani restaurant in lower Manhattan, making their way to Socialista. 

Lauren Sivan now works as as a Fox News reporter for FOX 11 in LA. Yashar Ali broke the sexual harassment claims against Fox News anchor Eric Bolling. 

Sivan says that she told friends privately about the incident but remained quiet "because she was in a long-term relationship and fearful of the power Weinstein wielded in the media."Her version of events was confirmed by by a friend of Sivan's who was with her that night. 

Sivan reported that Weinstein took her on a tour of the restaurant, leaving her to turn to her friend, telling her to come looking for her in 10 minutes. Dismissing the limited help in a closing-down kitchen. Yashar Ali details the alleged events:

Weinstein leaned in and tried to kiss her. Sivan rejected that attempt and told him she had a long-term boyfriend. Weinstein then said to Sivan, “Well, can you just stand there and shut up.”

At this point, Weinstein and Sivan were in a vestibule between the kitchen and bathrooms. The only way for Sivan to get away from Weinstein required her to get past him and go through the kitchen. Sivan says she was trapped by Weinstein’s body and was intimidated."

Weinstein then proceeded to expose himself to Sivan and began to masturbate. Sivan said she was deeply shocked by Weinstein’s behavior and was frozen and didn’t know what to do or say. The incident in the vestibule didn’t last long. Sivan says Weinstein ejaculated quickly into a potted plant that was in the vestibule and then proceeded to zip up his pants and they walked back into the kitchen.

By the time this occurred, Sivan’s friend had grown concerned by how long Sivan was gone.

The friend began to go downstairs but was stopped by a security guard who told her she was not allowed. She says that she explained the 10-minute limit she gave to Sivan and said, “Do you mean to tell me if she’s in trouble down there, you’re not going to let me in?” The security guard agreed to let the friend down to the cafe.

Once she got downstairs, she met Sivan and Weinstein who were leaving the kitchen.

Sivan reported that Weinstein called her office the next day telling her that he "had a great time last night" and asking to see her when he returned from a foreign trip. Sivan says that she reminded him that she was in a relationship and has never spoken with him again. 

Eric Bolling Jr. Found Dead Day After Fox News Severed Ties With Dad Eric Bolling

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In what feels like a scene out of a very sad movie called 'And The Walls Came Tumbling Down', the 19 year-old son of former Fox News Channel anchor Eric Bolling was found dead Friday night. If this is what the "revenge of the alpha males" looks like, AOC doesn't wish it on anyone. 

Eric Chase Bolling Jr. apparently took his life Friday evening in Boulder, CO, where he attended the University of Colorado, reports The New York Post. His father's Twitter suggests otherwise, but TMZ first reported that an allegedly-despondent son struggled over sexual-harassment allegations against his father and died from an overdose. People is also sourcing the TMZ report of a drug overdose -- although it seems unknown yet if the act was intentional or not. 

The elder Bolling confirmed the death Saturday in a statement on his Twitter account: “Adrienne and I are devastated by the loss of our beloved son Eric Chase last night. Details still unclear. Thoughts, prayers appreciated.”

Fox News Channel issued the following statement: “We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Eric Bolling’s son. Eric Chase was a wonderful young man and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bolling family.”

Bolling severed his ties with Fox News on Friday, as we reported on Saturday. Pictured below at Trump's inauguration, Eric Bolling and his wife Adrienne will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary in October. Eric Chase Bolling Jr. was their only son.

Image from Eric Bolling's Twitter

Image from Eric Bolling's Twitter