Oscars sets new code of conduct after Weinstein scandal

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the body which oversees the Oscars, has unveiled new standards of conduct following the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal.

Following multiple allegations against the producer, who has denied committing any criminal offences, the Academy voted in October to expel Weinstein.

Unveiling the new standards, the Academy's CEO Dawn Hudson wrote an email to members stating: "Academy membership is a privilege offered to only a select few within the global community of filmmakers.

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"In addition to achieving excellence in the field of motion picture arts and sciences, members must also behave ethically by upholding the Academy's values of respect for human dignity, inclusion, and a supportive environment that fosters creativity.

"The Academy asks that members embrace their responsibility to affirm these principles and act when these principles are violated.

"There is no place in the academy for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that violates recognised standards of decency.

"The Academy is categorically opposed to any form of abuse, harassment or discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, age, religion, or nationality. The Board of Governors believes that these standards are essential to the Academy's mission and reflective of our values."

She added that if anyone violates the standards, the "Board of Governors may take any disciplinary action permitted by the Academy's Bylaws, including suspension or expulsion."

The guidelines were set up by a task force led by producer David Rubin, and which included experts in sexual harassment.

The Academy has 8,427 members, and Weinstein became only the second person to ever be expelled from the organisation.

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