British Queen Elizabeth II has ordered disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein to be deprived of the prestigious CBE honor he received for his services to the British film industry.
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Removal of official honors in the UK is rare, but can take place where the incumbent has brought the honors system into disrepute, according to the UK government.
This may include where the holder “has been found guilty by the courts of a criminal offense and sentenced to imprisonment for more than three months”.
Weinstein, 68, was sentenced to 23 years in prison earlier this year after being found guilty in a New York court of third-degree rape of Jessica Mann, a former aspiring actress, as well as a count of first degree criminal sexual act. against Mimi Haley, former production assistant of “Project Runway”.
Each has taken a stand to describe their experiences in often graphic and emotional terms.
In all, more than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including rape, sexual assault and harassment, for decades.
The flood of allegations against Weinstein, first reported in October 2017 by investigative reporters from The New York Times and The New Yorker, has fueled the global toll of sexual misconduct by powerful men in entertainment, news media, finance and other high profile industries.
They have become part of a larger societal computing system known as the #MeToo movement.
Weinstein faces further charges in Los Angeles, but the case has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. He has denied all accusations of non-consensual sexual activity.