Calls are mounting to have Harvey Weinstein stripped of his honorary CBE after the film mogul was jailed for rape.
Once one of Hollywood’s most influential producers, Weinstein, 67, was convicted of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann, a onetime aspiring actress, in 2013.
Weinstein was acquitted on the most serious charges that carried a potential life sentence.
Weinstein was awarded an honourary CBE for outstanding contribution to the British film industry in 2004.
It was reported in October 2018 that revoking the honour was being “actively considered” by the Honours Forfeiture Committee.
But details of such action is confidential. Only when an honour is revoked is a public statement made to record it in the London Gazette.
Rolf Harris was stripped of his CBE in 2015.
Dawn Butler, Labour’s Shadow Equalities Secretary, said: “The government needs to act, fast.
“Weinstein should have been stripped of his honours a long time ago, but now he’s been found guilty by the courts, there’s no excuse. It’s shameful – and more importantly, it’s insulting to his victims.”
“He has subjected women to years of misery, many careers have been trashed. Those brave women are the ones who deserve to be honoured.”
Lib Dem Layla Moran tweeted: “Weinstein should be immediately stripped of his CBE: Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
“We should not honour him.”
Revoking an honour is a complex process decided by the independent, but highly secretive, Forfeiture Committee.
It’s existed for 50 years and has five members, one of whom is chairman Sir Jonathan Stephens – a top civil servant who is in charge of the whole honours system.
The membership also includes the Treasury Solicitor and three permanent, independent members whose identities are not made public.