October 17, 2017

Calls for Harvey Weinstein to be stripped of his CBE


Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is facing calls to be stripped of his CBE over revelations he has sexually harassed female employees and movie stars for decades.

American Weinstein, 65,  was named an honourary Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, by the Queen for his contribution to the British film industry in 2004.

But the multiple Oscar-winning founder of film companies Miramax and The Weinstein Company has been embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal after the New York Times revealed a decades long record of alleged misconduct.

Now he is facing calls to strip his CBE. 

Harvey Weinstein arrived at his home in New York City amid allegations of sexual harassment. The Hollywood mogul is facing calls to be stripped of his honourary CBE

Harvey Weinstein arrived at his home in New York City amid allegations of sexual harassment. The Hollywood mogul is facing calls to be stripped of his honourary CBE

Harvey Weinstein arrived at his home in New York City amid allegations of sexual harassment. The Hollywood mogul is facing calls to be stripped of his honourary CBE

Family: He is married to designer Georgina Chapman (above in February 2017) and the couple has two young children. Weinstein also has three girls from his first marriage

Family: He is married to designer Georgina Chapman (above in February 2017) and the couple has two young children. Weinstein also has three girls from his first marriage

Family: He is married to designer Georgina Chapman (above in February 2017) and the couple has two young children. Weinstein also has three girls from his first marriage

Critics took to Twitter to call for Weinstein to be stripped of his CBE. He was granted an honourary CBE in 2004 as an American citizen

Critics took to Twitter to call for Weinstein to be stripped of his CBE. He was granted an honourary CBE in 2004 as an American citizen

Critics took to Twitter to call for Weinstein to be stripped of his CBE. He was granted an honourary CBE in 2004 as an American citizen

Taking to Twitter, Brian Silvester said: ‘Will Harvey Weinstein now lose his honorary CBE?’

And alongside a link to the New York Times’ allegations, Melissa Santucci wrote: ‘What is the policy regarding revoking a sexual predator’s CBE?’ 

In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Weinstein said he regretted his inappropriate behavior towards women stretching back decades.

He also claimed his British fashion designer wife Georgina Chapman and his five children were standing by him. 

He said: ‘I have had tough conversations with my family, really tough ones but my family is standing with me.

‘I have a journey and I have to prove to every person that’s out there that I’m worthy of them and I have to prove to my family the same thing.

A history of harassment: Harvey Weinstein (above with Rose McGowan in 2007) reached a settlement with Rose McGowan in 1997 for $100,000, one of at least eight he has paid out over the years

A history of harassment: Harvey Weinstein (above with Rose McGowan in 2007) reached a settlement with Rose McGowan in 1997 for $100,000, one of at least eight he has paid out over the years

Sharing her story: Weinstein invited Ashley Judd (above in 2015) to his hotel room for a meeting and then asked if she would watch him shower

Sharing her story: Weinstein invited Ashley Judd (above in 2015) to his hotel room for a meeting and then asked if she would watch him shower

Sharing her story: It is alleged Weinstein paid Rose McGowan (left)  $100,000 and invited Ashley Judd (right) to his hotel room for a meeting and then asked if she would watch him shower

‘This is going to be a journey, a lonely journey, but a journey where my wife and kids couldn’t be stronger and couldn’t be standing behind me more.’ 

As an American citizen, Weinstein was granted an honourary CBE.

How a CBE can be removed 

Protocol sees honours forfeited where the person is considered to have brought the system into disrepute.

A recommendation can be made by the Honours and Appointments Secretariat to the forfeiture committee to revoke an honour if a person has been found guilty of a criminal offence, and the final decision must be approved by the Queen.

High profile cases of people being stripped of their gongs include Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe, who lost his honorary knighthood in 2008 over his ‘abuse of human rights’ and ‘abject disregard’ for democracy.

Pervert entertainer Rolf Harris lost his CBE in 2015 when he was jailed for nearly six years for a string of attacks on girls as young as seven. 

Protocol sees honours forfeited where the person is considered to have brought the system into disrepute.

A recommendation can be made by the Honours and Appointments Secretariat to the forfeiture committee to revoke an honour if a person has been found guilty of a criminal offence, and the final decision must be approved by the Queen.

High profile cases of people being stripped of their gongs include Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe, who lost his honorary knighthood in 2008 over his ‘abuse of human rights’ and ‘abject disregard’ for democracy.

Pervert entertainer Rolf Harris lost his CBE in 2015 when he was jailed for nearly six years for a string of attacks on girls as young as seven. 

Weinstein has instructed a team of top lawyers and plans to sue the New York Times for $50 million for writing a story that is ‘saturated with false and defamatory statements about Harvey Weinstein’.

A spokesman for the paper said they stand by their reporting. 

A Cabinet Office spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Recommendations to revoke honours are considered by the Forfeiture Committee. Each case is considered on its merits. 

‘The Committee’s recommendations for forfeiture are submitted through the Prime Minister to The Queen. If The Queen gives her approval, a notice of forfeiture is placed in the London Gazette.’ 



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