Queen Elizabeth strips Harvey Weinstein of CBE honor
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Queen Elizabeth II has stripped former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of one of the United Kingdom's highest honors.

Weinstein — who is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence after being convicted in New York in March of sexual assault and rape — was awarded an honorary CBE in 2004 for his contributions to the British film industry.

A notice posted Friday in The Gazette, the U.K.'s public record, announced: "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 CBE, which stands for Commander of the Order of the British Empire, is one step below a knighthood in the U.K.'s honors rankings, according to the BBC.

Once considered one of Hollywood's most prominent and powerful executives, Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 80 women. The 68-year-old has maintained his innocence, saying all the encounters were consensual.

Sexual assault allegations against Weinstein in 2017 — and a flood of public allegations of sexual misconduct against many in the entertainment industry that followed — helped spur the "Me Too" and "Time’s Up" movements and shined a spotlight on systemic sexual harassment.

Weinstein also faces separate sexual assault charges in Los Angeles. The California case has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.