Harvey Weinstein: Jailed movie producer stripped of honorary CBE


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Weinstein (centre) with brother Bob and Sir Philip Thomas, former British Consul-Normal in New York, in 2004

Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has been stripped of his honorary CBE following his conviction for rape and sexual assault.

An official announcement in The Gazette confirms that the Queen has annulled his appointment as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

The choice was made at a latest assembly of the Honours Forfeiture Committee, which is impartial from authorities.

Weinstein was awarded the CBE in 2004.

In March, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in jail, following an investigation by the New York Occasions in Oct 2017 that printed accusations from a number of girls that the now 68-year-old producer had abused or harassed them.

The removing of Weinstein’s CBE for providers to the movie trade follows the 2017 rescinding of the Fellowship he obtained from the British Movie Institute (BFI) in 2002.

The Honours Forfeiture Committee meets when required to think about whether or not recipients are responsible of behaviour “deemed to deliver the honours system into disrepute”.

These from whom it has stripped honours previously embrace entertainer Rolf Harris, who lost his CBE in 2015 after being jailed for 12 indecent assaults the earlier yr.

In 2012 Fred Goodwin, the previous chief govt of the Royal Financial institution of Scotland, had his knighthood removed resulting from his function within the collapse of the financial institution.

Weinstein faces additional legal prices for rape and sexual assault in Los Angeles, although extradition proceedings had been put again to December final month because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why has the choice taken this lengthy?

Evaluation by Lizo Mzimba, leisure correspondent

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Harvey Weinstein pictured outdoors a Manhattan court docket home in February

It is unsurprising that Harvey Weinstein, as soon as one in every of Hollywood’s strongest figures, has lastly been stripped of an honorary award from the Queen.

His publicity as a prolific predator shocked the world and added international momentum to the already current MeToo motion.

Nevertheless as the primary public allegations had been made virtually three years in the past, many can be upset that the removing of his CBE has taken this lengthy.

For apparent causes, the workings of the Honours Forfeiture Committee are secret and confidential.

However the committee’s publicly printed standards for the rescinding of an honour embrace instances the place a person has been convicted of a legal offence and sentenced to greater than three months in jail.

That signifies that when legal prices or a trial are probably or pending, the committee is understandably reluctant to take motion till that course of is full, nonetheless overwhelming the proof or public opinion could also be.

Though the committee was virtually definitely reluctant to take motion whereas a authorized course of was underway, it couldn’t have been unaware of the revulsion many felt at Weinstein nonetheless persevering with to carry an honour at the moment.

Whereas many people and our bodies wrote to the Prime Minister demanding the revocation of Weinstein’s CBE, the removing of an honour is definitely a choice that is impartial of the federal government and Downing Road.

It is also price noting {that a} case as excessive profile as Weinstein’s was at all times going to be on the Forfeiture Committee’s radar, with or with out calls from the general public or MPs. And that the choice to strip the previous of the movie producer is not in direct response to those calls for.

As quickly because the Weinstein accusations grew to become headline information, the committee could have recognized they might be in some unspecified time in the future be contemplating whether or not or not there was clear, unambiguous proof that he’d introduced the honours system into disrepute.

Nevertheless many will imagine that the committee ought to have been poised to make a speedy resolution and ship a swift sign as soon as he was convicted in February. And can really feel that even with a system slowed by Covid, that it nonetheless should not have taken greater than six months to rescind the CBE of a convicted intercourse offender.

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