Queen STRIPS Harvey Weinstein of his 2004 CBE for contribution to British film industry after disgraced producer was jailed for 23 years for rape in New York
- Former movie mogul Weinstein, 68, was granted an honorary CBE in 2004
- Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence in New York for rape
- Notice today announced Queen ordered honour to be ‘cancelled and annulled’
Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has been stripped of his CBE after he was jailed for 23 years for rape in New York.
Weinstein, 68, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison by a US court in February, was granted an honorary CBE for his contribution to the British film industry in 2004.
A notice in The Gazette, the UK’s official public record, today announced the Queen had asked for the honour to be ‘cancelled and annulled and that his name shall be erased from the Register of the said Order.’
It read: ‘The Queen has directed that the appointment of Harvey Weinstein to be an Honorary Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, dated January 19 2004, shall be cancelled and annulled and that his name shall be erased from the Register of the said Order.’
Harvey Weinstein has been stripped of his CBE for contribution to the British film industry after he was convicted of rape earlier this year
Weinstein was once one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, with credits such as Pulp Fiction, The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, Gangs Of New York and Shakespeare In Love to his name.
He was the man Meryl Streep jokingly called ‘God’ at the 2012 Golden Globes, with his films notching up more than 300 Oscar nominations.
Honours can been removed on the advice of the forfeiture committee and with the approval of the Queen.
The committee considers whether the holder of an honour has brought the system into disrepute.
Senior Labour MP Chi Onwurah has been calling for the CBE to be removed from Weinstein since 2017, the year several women came forward to allege serious sexual misconduct.
Announcing his CBE in 2004, Weinstein said at the time: ‘My life and my career have been greatly influenced and enriched by great British film-makers and authors and so I am especially honoured and humbled to be receiving the CBE.’
Prosecutors in Los Angeles have filed a request to extradite Weinstein from New York, in a bid to try the disgraced Hollywood producer on five counts of sexual assault.
If successful, it would pave the way for Weinstein, the money and the power behind some of the biggest Hollywood films of the past 25 years, to be put on trial again.