A group of British politicians has called on the government to strip Harvey Weinstein of a royal honor bestowed on him for his contributions to the arts.
In an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, lawmakers from the opposition Labor Party said Weinstein should be stripped of his title as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The CBE is a prestigious award given out by Queen Elizabeth II upon the recommendation of the government of the day. Weinstein received his in 2004.
The lawmakers said that Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct and abuse, detailed in stories in the New York Times and the New Yorker, were “unacceptable and intolerable. They were unacceptable in the 1960s, they are unacceptable now and they may well be criminal under U.S. and U.K. law.”
In light of the mounting accusations against him, Weinstein’s CBE should be rescinded, the letter said. Letting him hold on to it would risk “bringing the honors system into disrepute.”
Stella Creasy, a Labor member of Parliament, told Britain’s Press Association that taking away Weinstein’s CBE would send “a strong message to victims of sexual harassment.”
“A CBE is an honor you get because you’ve done something that makes you someone our kids should look up to – not someone a woman should fear,” Creasy said. “It takes real courage to speak out against someone in a position of such influence. Removing the CBE from Harvey Weinstein would send a strong message to victims of sexual harassment around the world that we believe them, and that being in a position of power doesn’t mean you can act without respect towards others.”