Motion picture academy votes to oust Harvey Weinstein

70th annual Cannes Film Festival - 'Love on the rock' De Grisogono party at the Hotel Du Cap in Cap d'Antibes - Arrivals Featuring: Harvey Weinstein Where: Cannes, France When: 23 May 2017 Credit: Arnold Jerocki/News Pictures/ **Only available for publication in UK & USA**

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences voted to expel film producer and former studio executive, Harvey Weinstein.

The 54-person board voted "well in excess of the required two-thirds majority" to immediately expel Weinstein, the Academy wrote in a statement. The decision follows dozens of serious allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

The Board convened an emergency meeting on Saturday to address the matter.

"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 Board said, explaining their decision.

Last week, The New York Times published a bombshell report documenting the experience of numerous witnesses and victims who claim they were sexually harassed by Weinstein.

Three days after the expose was published, Weinstein was fired from his company, the Weinstein Company, which later announced it would be changing its name.

A number of female actors and former associates of the film producer have come forward in recent days to discuss Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct. The allegations of sexual assault and harassment date back for decades.

According to reports, Weinstein's sexual proclivities were an "open secret" in Hollywood, often overlooked because of his powerful position.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is comprised of thousands of artists, filmmakers and executives and is responsible for organizing the Oscars.