Mel Gibson thinks the sexual misconduct allegations made against Hollywood stars and filmmakers is going to be a ''precursor to change''.

The 61-year-old actor and director believes the allegations made against the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey will ''shake'' things up a bit in the industry.

He told The Guardian newspaper: ''Things got shaken up a little bit, and there is a lot of light being thrown into places where there were shadows, and that is kind of healthy. It's painful, but I think pain is a precursor to change.''

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct against over 50 women over a 30 year period. Since the allegations came about, he has been sacked from The Weinstein Company and his wife, Georgina Chapman, has left him.

Weinstein has also been banned from the Producers Guild of America for life as well as had his membership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revoked.

In a statement, the PGA said: ''As was recently reported, the Producers Guild's national board of directors voted unanimously to initiate proceedings to terminate the membership of Harvey Weinstein.

''The PGA constitution requires that members be given 15 days' notice before disciplinary action is taken. The guild has received notice that rather than addressing the guild's charges, Mr. Weinstein elected to resign his membership in the Producers Guild.

''In light of Mr. Weinstein's widely reported behaviour - with new reports continuing to surface even now - the Producers Guild's national board has voted unanimously to enact a lifetime ban on Mr. Weinstein, permanently barring him from PGA membership. This unprecedented step is a reflection of the seriousness with which the Guild regards the numerous reports of Mr. Weinstein's decades of reprehensible conduct.''

Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consexual sex.