Queen Elizabeth has formally stripped Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein of his honorary ‘Commander of the British Empire’ (CBE).
The move follows his conviction for sexually assaulting a former production assistant and raping an actor.
Weinstein was awarded a CBE, one of the U.K.’s more prestigious honours for services to the British movie industry in 2004.
The decision was made during an earlier session of the Honours Forfeiture Committee. The body, which is independent from the UK government, gathers to evaluate the behavior of the holders of the order and decide if it brought “the honours system into disrepute.”
Weinstein, who won an Oscar for producing ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and was involved with dozens of successful movies including iconic indie titles ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Sex, Lies, and Videotape’, was awarded a CBE back in 2004 for his contributions to art.
In March, the 68-year-old was sentenced to 23 years in prison after being found guilty of sexually assaulting former assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006, and raping aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013.
More than 100 women – among them stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek being – had accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, which dated back decades. Those accusations inspired the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse and harassment of women in 2017.
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