London, United Kingdom:
Queen Elizabeth II has stripped Harvey Weinstein of the royal honour he was awarded earlier than his predatory intercourse crimes got here to mild, an official authorities assertion stated on Friday.
The disgraced Hollywood film mogul, who’s at the moment serving a 23-year jail time period for rape, acquired the honour in 2004 in recognition of his contribution to the British movie trade.
However an announcement in The Gazette, the UK official authorities document, stated it had now been withdrawn.
“The Queen has directed that the appointment of Harvey Weinstein to be an Honorary Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Wonderful Order of the British Empire, dated 29 January 2004, shall be cancelled and annulled and that his title shall be erased from the Register of the stated Order,” it learn.
Royal honours could be forfeited in circumstances the place Buckingham Palace considers the system has been introduced into disrepute. Selections are accredited by the monarch herself.
Earlier recipients who’ve had their honours eliminated embrace Rolf Harris, the Australian-born entertainer and artist who was jailed in 2014 for a string of sexual assaults.
He had been given a CBE in 2006 after portray Queen Elizabeth’s portrait to mark her 80th birthday. He was additionally stripped of his Australian honours.
Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe misplaced his honorary knighthood in 2008 due to what the UK authorities stated have been “human rights violations” and “disregard” for democracy.
Romania’s Communist-era dictator Nicolae Ceausescu had his honorary knighthood withdrawn in 1989, the day earlier than his execution.
In 1979, the artwork historian Anthony Blunt, who suggested the queen, additionally misplaced his knighthood after he was uncovered as a Soviet spy.
Most forfeitures observe legal convictions and jail phrases.
In 2012, Fred Goodwin misplaced his title of “sir” due to the “scale and severity of the impression of his actions as CEO of RBS” through the monetary crash 4 years earlier.
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