The board behind the Oscars has expelled Harvey Weinstein in the wake of sexual harassment and assault allegations against him spanning 30 years. Weinstein demonstrated his power and influence at the Academy Awards for decades, providing a lens into how he cultivated such strength in the entertainment industry. (Nicki DeMarco,Danielle Kunitz/The Washington Post)

The board of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences — the organization behind the Oscars — on Saturday voted overwhelmingly to expel Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the former chief of Miramax, a studio with more than 300 Academy Award nominations and 81 wins. Weinstein has been accused of sexual abuse and physical assault during the course of his career.

In a statement, AMPAS said:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy. 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 Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify.