Disgraced public figures who have been stripped of their honors | Ents & Arts News


After years of allegations, a landmark trial and convictions for rape and sexual assault, Harvey Weinstein has had his honorary CBE revoked.

A notice in The Gazette announced that the Queen had approved the 68-year-old producer’s decision to have his honor ” canceled and canceled“And his name” deleted from the register “.

Weinstein is far from the first public figure to be stripped of his distinction after a fall from grace. Here are some of the people who lost their rewards.

Harris was convicted of sexually assaulting girls as young as seven

Rolf Harris

Dishonored children’s artist Rolf Harris was stripped of his CBE in 2015 after being convicted of sexually assaulting girls as young as seven.

In July 2014, the 90-year-old was sentenced to five years and nine months in prison, but was released on license three years later.

Harris received the honor in 2006, a year after painting the Queen’s portrait to mark her 80th birthday.

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He was also stripped of honors in his native Australia, his BAFTA scholarship and an honorary degree from the University of East London.

Stuart Hall was stripped of his OBE in 2013 after sex offenses against children

Stuart Room

Broadcaster Stuart Hall was stripped of his OBE in 2013 following his conviction for sexual offenses against children.

The former It’s A Knockout presenter was named OBE in 2012 for broadcast and charitable services.

He was jailed for 30 months after admitting 14 indecent assault charges on girls aged nine to 17 between 1967 and 1985.

He was released from prison in 2015 after serving half of his sentence.

Sir James Savile, with his title of Knight of the Queen.  See SHOWBIZ Savile.  Photo by Jim James.
Jimmy Savile received his knight in 1990. Pic: Jim James

Jimmy Savile

DJ and broadcaster Jimmy Savile received an OBE in 1972, and was knighted in 1990 for his services to charity, giving him the title of Sir.

Savile is suspected of raping 34 women and girls and sexually assaulting up to 450 people, some as young as eight years old, according to an official report.

Despite persistent rumors of pedophilia, he held honors throughout his life.

After Savile’s death in 2011 at the age of 84, the Honors Forfeiture Committee was called upon to withdraw his honors.

While there is no procedure for posthumously revoking an OBE or chivalry because honors automatically expire when a person dies, the committee said it would consider introducing one due to the seriousness of his crimes.

Prince Naseem lost his honor due to reckless driving

«Prince» Naseem

Former featherweight boxing world champion ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed was stripped of his MBE in 2007 following a conviction for dangerous driving.

He was sentenced to 15 months in jail after being convicted of causing a 90 mph crash in his £ 320,000 Mercedes McLaren, leaving another man with fractures to all major bones in his body.

He only served 16 weeks of his sentence, despite having previously been banned from driving after speeding above 100 mph.

Naseem received this honor in 1998.

Lester Piggott sports the new Derby cap at Epsom.
Lester Piggott lost his after committing tax fraud

Lester Piggott

Former jockey Lester Piggott was stripped of his OBE after being jailed in 1987 for tax evasion.

He had received it in 1975.

Now 84, Piggott is one of the most successful jockeys to ever compete in the sport, with more than 5,000 winners worldwide and a record nine Epsom Derby wins.

Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe’s honorary knight was revoked in 2008

Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe was knighted during his 1994 visit to the UK.

It was honorary because he was not a citizen of a Commonwealth country.

However, his honorary knight title was revoked in 2008 when news of him killing his opponents emerged.

The honor was bestowed despite reports that he massacred thousands of people in the 1980s as part of the crackdown on rebel groups.

Mugabe had also presided over the forced takeover of white-owned farms, which helped ruin the country’s economy, and his wife earned the nickname “Gucci Grace” through her penchant for shopping.

Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu
The queen allegedly hid in a bush to avoid Nicolae Ceausescu

Nicolae Ceausescu

Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu received an MBE in 1978, with the aim of improving relations within Europe during the Cold War.

At the time, according to royal author Robert Hardman, the Queen took drastic measures to avoid meeting with the dictator, including hide behind a bush walking the corgis.

Ceausescu’s chivalry was revoked in 1989, the day before it was executed by a revolutionary firing squad in Romania.

Benito Mussolini was the Italian dictator for two decades and plunged the country into World War II
Benito Mussolini’s mistake was to declare war on the UK

Benito Mussolini

Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was made an honorary knight of the Grand Cross by King George V in 1923.

He was quickly stripped of the honor in 1940 after declaring war on the United Kingdom.


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