Harvard University rescinding Harvey Weinstein’s Du Bois Medal

Harvard University officials have voted to revoke disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s Du Bois Medal.
The Hollywood executive was awarded the medal in 2014 by the Executive Committee of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research for his contribution to African-American culture. However on Tuesday (17Oct17), members voted to rescind it following allegations of sexual harassment and assault that appeared in New York Times and New Yorker exposes earlier this month (Oct17).
“We stand with the women who have courageously come forward to fight for themselves and indeed for all of those who have experienced similar abuse,” a statement from the committee reads.
According to Variety.com, school officials at The University of Buffalo, Weinstein’s alma mater, are also set to strip the movie producer of his honorary degree.
And French President Emmanuel Macron is taking steps to take away Weinstein’s Legion of Honor medal, which he received in 2012.
Weinstein has been expelled from The Weinstein Company, The Motion Picture Academy, and the Producers Guild amid the sex scandal. On Thursday, (19Oct17), members of The British Film Institute announced they are also revoking Weinstein’s BFI Fellowship, which was given to him in 2002.
“We are acting urgently by gathering together a wide range of industry partners… to develop a new set of principles to address bullying and harassment and help people in the industry to be better supported,” a statement reads. “This new set of principles will be incorporated in the BFI’s Diversity Standards, which we are strongly encouraging the screen industries to adopt.”

by WENN

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