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US News Downing Street signals that Harvey Weinstein may be stripped of his CBE

03:26  26 february  2020
03:26  26 february  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Downing Street has ramped up the pressure to have the disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein stripped of his CBE following his conviction for rape.

The producer, who was found guilty on Monday of raping one woman and sexually assaulting another, is facing growing demands to have his gong revoked.

Weinstein was handed an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004 for services to the film industry. It is one step below a knighthood.

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Downing Street said stripping the 67-year-old of his CBE was a matter for the independent panel responsible for honours - but added that Boris Johnson's Government was "crystal clear" in its condemnation of sexual abuse.

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And she said his expulsion from the Academy 'can be considered directly relevant to his honour' and should encourage official to follow suit and strip him She adds: 'I am therefore writing to you to refer Mr Weinstein to the Honours Forfeiture Committee for consideration of removing his honorary CBE .

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Stripped of CBE

Weinstein will be sentenced on 11 March before facing four more charges of sexual assault in Los Angeles (Photo: Scott Heins/Getty)

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "It's a matter for the independent honours forfeiture committee to consider cases where the honours system has been brought into disrepute.

"We are crystal clear that any unwanted sexual behaviour is completely unacceptable and we condemn sexual violence in all of its forms."

Weinstein was receiving medical attention at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, his spokesman said, a day after he was convicted. Juda Engelmayer, his spokesman, said the disgraced film mogul was taken the hospital, which has a unit that provides medical care for prison inmates, with chest pains after he was led away from court in handcuffs.

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If not for his medical concerns, the former producer would have been taken straight to New York City’s notorious Rikers Island prison.

Weinstein remained in the hospital as a “precautionary measure,” and he was due to have a visit from his legal team.

Calls for CBE to be revoked

Harvey Weinstein cut a sorry figure as he arrived, leaning on his walking frame, at the State Supreme Court in New York (Photo: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty)

In Westminster, several MPs and campaigners called for Weinstein to have his CBE removed immediately.

Dawn Butler, Labour’s equalities spokesman, 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 there’s no excuse.”

Liberal Democrat Layla Moran tweeted: "Weinstein should be immediately stripped of his CBE. We should not honour him."

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Their comments were echoed by Tory former minister George Freeman, who said: “Let us take this moment to send a clear message that this sort of behaviour will not be condoned or tolerated any more in this country.”

Calls for the producer to lose his CBE appeared as soon as the allegations of his behaviour began to surface and it was reported back in October 2018 that revoking the award was being "actively considered" by the independent honours forfeiture committee.

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Disrepute

The removal of honours, known as “forfeiture”, takes place when an individual is deemed to have brought the honours system into disrepute.

The Committee considers cases and the prime minister then sends recommendations to the Queen, previous recipients of honours to lose their awards include former RBS banker Fred Goodwin.

Entertainer Rolf Harris, who was sentenced to five years and nine months in jail in 2014 for indecent assault charges involving 12 young girls, had his CBE annulled, while jockey Lester Piggott, who was jailed for tax fraud, was stripped of his OBE in 1987.

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Weinstein, who produced acclaimed films including The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love, could be jailed for up to 29 years.

He now faces separate rape and sexual assault prosecutions in Los Angeles. He denies the allegations.

Weinstein — What now?

What was Harvey Weinstein found guilty of?

Third-degree rape and a first-degree criminal sexual act. He was convicted of sexually assaulting production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and third-degree rape of a woman in 2013.

What happens now?

Weinstein was taken to Bellevue Hospital in New York after suffering chest pains following the announcement of the verdict. He was due to be moved to Riker’s Island prison to await sentencing. He will be sentenced on 11 March. His lawyer said that the defence will appeal against the convictions.

Are there any legal ramifications?

Many of the women who testified against Weinstein stayed in contact with him and sometimes had consensual sexual encounters with him after the alleged attacks. None reported his crimes and there was little physical evidence to bolster their stories. But one expert witness said it was not unusual for victims of sexual assault to stay in contact with their attackers.

“This is a new day,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr said after the verdict was announced. “Rape is rape whether the survivor reports within an hour, within a year or perhaps never.”

But some women’s advocates cautioned that it’s too soon to know how much the legal landscape has shifted.

Are there more charges?

Weinstein still faces charges, which he denies, in Los Angeles for assaulting two women in 2013.

From breakfast in a Four Seasons hotel to the notorious Rikers Island prison: The sprawling jail complex where rapist Harvey Weinstein will be held until sentencing after guilty verdicts .
Harvey Weinstein, left, 67, started his day at a breakfast meeting at a hotel in NYC.It was due to end at New York's violence-plagued Rikers Island jail complex, right, before his hospital dash. © Provided by Daily Mail Harvey Weinstein's day began with expensive coffee and Acqua Panna mineral water at a breakfast meeting with his lawyers in a Four Seasons hotel, pictured It was due to end at New York's violence-plagued Rikers Island jail complex, where the former Hollywood film producer will await sentencing after a jury found him guilty on Monday of raping one woman and sexually assaulting another.

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