Harvey Weinstein Stripped of Royal Honor By Queen Elizabeth II

Harvey Weinstein has been stripped of a prestigious British honor from Queen Elizabeth II over his rape conviction in a further victory for the #MeToo movement.

The disgraced Hollywood producer "shall be erased from the register" in relation to his CBE, recognising his service to the British film industry.

The 68-year-old predator is currently serving a 23-year jail term for sexually assaulting Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant, in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann when she was an up-and-coming actress in 2013.

Weinstein was at the center of the #MeToo campaign over allegations of rape, sexual assault and misconduct from actresses ranging from Gwyneth Paltrow to Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek.

A notice in Britain's public record The Gazette read: "The Queen has directed that the appointment of Harvey Weinstein to be an Honorary Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, dated 29 January 2004, shall be cancelled and annulled and that his name shall be erased from the Register of the said Order."

The wording of the notice is standard for a decision to forfeit honors but the move will not have been taken by Elizabeth herself.

An official forfeiture committee makes recommendations to the prime minister, which are then routinely signed off by the queen.

Queen Elizabeth II and Harvey Weinstein
Queen Elizabeth II meets Harvey Weinstein during the Dramatic Arts reception at Buckingham Palace on February 17, 2014 in London, England. The disgraced producer has now had his CBE from the queen revoked over his rape conviction. Yui Mok/Getty

A palace insider told Newsweek: "She acts on the advice of her prime minister. That language is the formality of it.

"This is not the queen saying he doesn't deserve it."

The decision to strip Weinstein of the honor comes after concerted pressure within Britain, including from opposition Labour MP Chi Onwurah who has been campaigning for it since 2017.

Thanks Jack, but it's about time! 3 yrs since I first wrote to the PM, w the global #MeToo movement highlighting sexual harassment in the workplace & the UK was still honouring #Weinstein for services to the film industry! https://t.co/2lpl6LZYzF

— Chi Onwurah (@ChiOnwurah) September 18, 2020

On Twitter today, she told Newsweek's royal reporter: "It's about time! 3 yrs since I first wrote to the PM, w the global #MeToo movement highlighting sexual harassment in the workplace & the UK was still honouring #Weinstein for services to the film industry!"

When a meeting to decide whether to revoke the CBE was arranged this week, she welcomed the move.

In a statement on Wednesday, she said: "I am pleased that Mr Weinstein may finally be stripped of his CBE following his appalling crimes.

"It is about time that this action has been taken, three years after I first wrote to the Prime Minister and the #MeToo movement spread across the world.

"This is not only an issue of justice for his victims, or the reputation of the UK honors system, it is also an issue of safety in the workplace: whether on a film set or a shop floor, the workplace must never be a safe space for sexual predators."

According to the Evening Standard, when Weinstein was given his CBE in 2004 he said: "My life and my career have been greatly influenced and enriched by great British film-makers and authors and so I am especially honored and humbled to be receiving the CBE."