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Harvey Weinstein could lose CBE award

The Forfeiture Committee will make a decision about Weinstein's CBE but the final say will be approved by British monarch, Queen Elizabeth.

FILE: Harvey Weinstein. Picture: AFP

LONDON - Harvey Weinstein could be stripped of his CBE by the British monarchy after he was accused of sexually assaulting a number of women over a 30-year period.

The 65-year-old producer was handed the honourary award by the British monarchy in 2004 for his contribution to the British film industry but it has now been revealed that the UK government's Honours Forfeiture Committee are considering revoking the honour after Weinstein was accused of sexually assaulting a number of women over a 30-year period.

The Forfeiture Committee will make a decision about Weinstein's CBE but the final say will be approved by British monarch, Queen Elizabeth, BBC News reports.

If he has his CBE taken away from him, it will be another loss for the filmmaker after he had his membership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revoked.

The Academy said in a statement: “[The board had] to immediately expel him from the Academy. We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.

“What's at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society. The board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify.”

There is also a chance he could lose his membership of the Producers Guild of America too.

They said in a statement at the time: “This morning, the PGA's National Board of Directors and Officers decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein's membership. As required by the PGA's Constitution, Mr. Weinstein will be given the opportunity to respond before the Guild makes its final determination on November 6, 2017.”

Since the claims were made, Weinstein - who has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex made against him - will have his French Legion of Honour stripped from him by French President Emmanuel Macron.

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