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British Film Institute Withdraws Harvey Weinstein’s Fellowship

BFI says Weinstein’s ‘appalling conduct’ at odds with its values

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The British Film Institute has withdrawn Harvey Weinstein’s BFI Fellowship, its highest honor.

The organization said: “The serious and widespread allegations about Harvey Weinstein’s appalling conduct are in direct opposition to the BFI’s values. The BFI Board has met and decided to withdraw the BFI Fellowship awarded to Harvey Weinstein in 2002.” The Fellowship was awarded to Weinstein for his contribution to film.

The BFI had previously said that the Weinstein situation would not have taken as long to surface had there been more women in the industry. It said today it is bringing together industry partners to jointly develop a new set of principles to address bullying and harassment and help people in the industry to be better supported.

“We wholeheartedly support those brave enough to come forward and speak out. The film industry needs more women represented on every level, on and off screen,” the BFI said.

Numerous industry groups and organizations have withdrawn commendations and honors given to Weinstein in light of the allegations against him. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. In the U.K. BAFTA has suspended his membership. Elsewhere in Europe, French president Emmanuel Macron has taken action to rescind his Legion of Honor.

The BFI’s statement in full: “A BFI Fellowship is the highest honor we can bestow, awarded by the BFI’s Board of Governors to individuals for their outstanding contribution to film and television. The serious and widespread allegations about Harvey Weinstein’s appalling conduct are in direct opposition to the BFI’s values. The BFI Board has met and decided to withdraw the BFI Fellowship awarded to Harvey Weinstein in 2002.

“Sexual harassment, abuse and bullying is unacceptable under any circumstances. Everyone working in the film industry – in any industry – should be safe and respected in the workplace. We wholeheartedly support those brave enough to come forward and speak out. The film industry needs more women represented on every level, on and off screen.

“Advocating for better inclusion and representation is central to the BFI’s strategic priorities. We are acting urgently by gathering together a wide range of industry partners, and with advice from Acas, to jointly develop a new set of principles to address bullying and harassment and help people in the industry to be better supported. This new set of principles will be incorporated in the BFI’s Diversity Standards, which we are strongly encouraging the screen industries to adopt.”