Harvey Weinstein has been stripped of his CBE following his conviction for a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree. The disgraced movie producer, 68, who is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence, had been granted an honorary CBE for his contribution to the British film industry in 2004.
A notice in The Gazette, the UK’s official public record, confirmed the news, saying: ‘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 January 19 2004, shall be cancelled and annulled and that his name shall be erased from the Register of the said Order.’
Honours can been removed with the approval of the Queen on the advice of the forfeiture committee, which considers whether the holder of an honour has brought the system into disrepute.
There have been calls for his CBE to be removed since 2017 when several women came forward to allege serious sexual misconduct by Weinstein.
On receiving his CBE in 2004, Weinstein had said: ‘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.’
The producer had been known for films such as Pulp Fiction, The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, Gangs of New York and Shakespeare in Love. (Metro)