DISGRACED movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been stripped of his CBE following his rape conviction, it was confirmed today.
He’s currently serving a 23-year jail sentence after being found guilty of sexually assault and rape of two women.
The disgraced film producer, 68, was awarded the honorary gong in 2004 for services to the British film industry.
A notice in The Gazette, the UK’s official public record, said: “The Queen has directed that the appointment of Harvey Weinstein to be an Honorary Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, dated 29 January 2004, shall be cancelled and annulled and that his name shall be erased from the Register of the said Order.”
Weinstein was once one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, with credits such as Pulp Fiction, The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, Gangs Of New York and Shakespeare In Love to his name.
But after a number of women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct, he had a spectacular fall from grace.
It lead to more than 80 women coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, including rape, against Weinstein.
He has consistently denied wrongdoing and his lawyers have vowed to appeal against his conviction. Many of the women claimed they were blacklisted from lucrative projects if they rejected his advances.
Honours can been removed on the advice of the forfeiture committee and with the approval of the Queen – if they feel the person has been brought into disrepute.
The move follows a campaign by playwright Polly Creed for Britain to follow the example of France, where President Emmanuel Macron set in train the process for removing Weinstein’s Legion d’Honneur within days of the allegations surfacing in 2017.
Weinstein joins the disgraced former boss of the Royal Bank of Scotland Fred Goodwin and Rolf Harris in being stripped of gongs.
Announcing his CBE in 2004, Weinstein said at the time: “My life and my career have been greatly influenced and enriched by great British film-makers and authors and so I am especially honoured and humbled to be receiving the CBE.”
A CBE is the rank of a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and is one step below a knighthood.
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