12 Oct 2017

Urgent BSA meeting over Plunket tweet

5:07 pm on 12 October 2017

A tweet by former broadcaster Sean Plunket about producer Harvey Weinstein has prompted an urgent meeting of the Broadcasting Standards Authority.

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An increasing number of women - including A-list actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Mira Sorvino and Cara Delevigne - have been coming forward with allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of harassment, sexual assault and even rape.

Weinstein has denied the allegations, saying any sexual encounters were consensual.

Mr Plunket, who was appointed to the Authority as a member this year, tweeted on Wednesday: "anyone else feeling for Harvey Weinstein?"

The tweet was met with overwhelmingly negative replies on social media.

Mr Plunket claims he published the tweet to make a point about aggression on social media.

Authority chief executive Belinda Moffat said the tweet was being considered by the board as a matter of urgency.

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