• Calls to strip Weinstein of his honourary CBE in the wake of sex assault claims
  • Labour MP Chi Onwurah has written to Jeremy Heywood to demand action
  • She said Weinstein has ‘fallen far short’ of standards expected in honours system

Kate Ferguson, Political Correspondent For Mailonline

Pressure is mounting on the British authorities to strip Harvey Weinstein of his honourary CBE after the flood of sex assault allegations.

Labour shadow minister Chi Onwurah has written to Britain’s top civil servant to urge him to step in and take action.

She has asked Jeremy Heywood to follow in the footsteps of the Oscars board, which has expelled the Hollywood producer, and boot him out of the prestigious club.

Ms Onwurah, a shadow business minister, said Weinstein has ‘fallen far short of the standards we expect from recipients of a CBE’.

And she said his expulsion from the Academy ‘can  be considered directly relevant to his honour’ and should encourage official to follow suit and strip him of his title.

It comes after Ms Onwurah and several other Labour frontbenchers wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister imploring her to take action.

Labour Mp Chi Onwurah has penned several letters calling for Harvey Weinstein to be stripped of his CBE

Labour Mp Chi Onwurah has penned several letters calling for Harvey Weinstein to be stripped of his CBE

Labour frontbencher Chi Onwurah  has written to Britain’s top civil servant, Jeremy Heywood , urging that disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is stripped of his honourary CBE 

In her latest letter, Ms Onwurah enclosed a ‘supporting evidence’ to illustrate Weinstein’s alleged behaviour.

She adds: ‘I am therefore writing to you to refer Mr Weinstein to the Honours Forfeiture Committee for consideration of removing his honorary CBE.

‘In addition to the allegations referenced in the letter, on Saturday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to expel Mr Weinstein. One of the criterion listed by the Government for forfeiture of an honour is if the individual in question is ‘censured or struck off by a professional or regulatory body for something directly relevant to their honour.’ 

HOW CAN A CBE BE REMOVED? 

Protocol sees honours forfeited where the person is considered to have brought the system into disrepute.

A recommendation can be made by the Honours and Appointments Secretariat to the forfeiture committee to revoke an honour if a person has been found guilty of a criminal offence, and the final decision must be approved by the Queen.

High profile cases of people being stripped of their gongs include Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe, who lost his honorary knighthood in 2008 over his ‘abuse of human rights’ and ‘abject disregard’ for democracy.

Pervert entertainer Rolf Harris lost his CBE in 2015 when he was jailed for nearly six years for a string of attacks on girls as young as seven. 

A recommendation can be made by the Honours and Appointments Secretariat to the forfeiture committee to revoke an honour if a person is guilty of a crime.

The final decision must be approved by the Queen.

The Oscars board kicked Weinstein out of their club after a string of women accused the Hollywood producer of rape, sex attacks and harassment over many years.

Hollywood starlets Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie joined the growing number of women who have accused the Hollywood mogul of sexual harassment and abuse.

Mr Weinstein has been accused of raping several women and assaulting or harassing many others during decades of predatory behaviour. 

Scotland Yard is looking into five allegations of sexual assault by three women against the disgraced Hollywood movie producer in London.

Mr Weinstein has been sacked from his film company, dumped by his wife and had seen his reputation ruined after bombshell allegations of his predatory sexual behaviour emerged.

More than a dozen women have come forward to tell how they were assaulted or harassed by the movie mogul.

He allegedly invited women back to his home or hotel rooms to talk business before stripping and asking them for a massage in a bid to bed them. 

His wife Georgina Chapman has  announced she is leaving him after yet more shocking claims emerged in the US newspapers.  

 

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