• Labour shadow ministers among those who have written the open letter to PM
  • They say Harvey Weinstein risks bringing the honours system into disrepute 
  • Movie mogul has been hit by a flood  of bombshell claims of sexual harassment  

Kate Ferguson, Political Correspondent For Mailonline

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been hit by a flood of bombshell allegations claiming he sexually harassed and assaulted women over decades (file pic)

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been hit by a flood of bombshell allegations claiming he sexually harassed and assaulted women over decades (file pic)

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been hit by a flood of bombshell allegations claiming he sexually harassed and assaulted women over decades (file pic)

Theresa May is coming under mounting pressure to strip Harvey Weinstein of his honourary CBE as yet more sex abuse allegations against him emerge.

Labour politicians have written an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on her to ‘act urgently’ against the disgraced movie mogul.  

They say his alleged behaviour is ‘unacceptable and intolerable’ and that by continuing to have the coveted British honour he risks bringing the entire system ‘into disrepute’.

The letter comes after 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 three women and assaulting or harassing many others during decades of predatory behaviour.

The letter to the PM states:  ‘These actions are unacceptable and intolerable. 

‘They were unacceptable in the 1960s, they are unacceptable now and they may well be criminal under US and UK law.

‘These revelations prove that Mr Weinstein has fallen far short of the standards we expect from recipients of a CBE. 

‘His continued membership runs the risk of bringing the honours system into disrepute and, moreover, sending the deeply troubling signal that our Government does not take women’s voices or allegations of sexual harassment seriously.

‘We are therefore calling upon your Government to act urgently and strip Mr Weinstein of his honorary CBE.’

Labour shadow minsters  Dawn Butler, Chi Onwurah, Jack Dromey, Kevin Brennan and the head of the Women’s Parliamentary Labour Party, Jess Phillips all signed the letter demanding action.

Labour MPs Dawn Butler (picture left) and Jess Philips (pictured right) have both signed an open letter demanding that the PM acts to strip Harvey Weinstein of his CBE

The letter piles the pressure on the government to strip the film producer of the honour, which he was given by the Palace in 2004.

Mrs May earlier this week said she was ‘concerned’ at the allegations amid calls for her to act.

But her spokesman on Monday said that it is down to the independent forfeiture committee to decide who is stripped of their titles.

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. 

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.

Commenting on the letter, Ms Onwurah said: ‘Everyone has the absolute right to work in whatever role their talents take them without being subject to sexual harassment – that is as true for the entertainment industry as any sector in the British economy.

‘These allegations of sexual harassment and assault need to be taken seriously and it is unacceptable that someone accused of these appalling and potentially criminal acts should retain the honour of a CBE.

‘The Government should act swiftly to start the process of stripping Weinstein’s CBE from him.

‘Or it will send a profoundly worrying message about the value it places on women’s voices, our safety, our working environment and as a consequence the UK economy. 

‘Britain’s economic prosperity depends on everyone being able to contribute fully.’

Theresa May, pictured outside No10 today,  is coming under mounting pressure to act to strip the film producer of his honour

Theresa May, pictured outside No10 today,  is coming under mounting pressure to act to strip the film producer of his honour

Theresa May, pictured outside No10 today,  is coming under mounting pressure to act to strip the film producer of his honour

It comes after a string of MPs earlier this week told the Mail Online they want mr Weinstein stripped of the honourary CBE.

Labour MP Stella Creasy said: ‘A CBE is an honour you get because you’ve done something that makes you someone our kids should look up to – not someone a woman should fear.

‘It takes real courage to speak out against someone in a position of such influence.

‘Removing the CBE from Harvey Weinstein would send a strong message to victims of sexual harassment around the world that we believe them, and that being in a position of power doesn’t mean you can act without respect towards others.’

Harvey Weinstein, pictured with his wife Georgina Chapman at an Oscars party in February. she has announced she is leaving him in the wake of the sex abuse allegations 

Harvey Weinstein, pictured with his wife Georgina Chapman at an Oscars party in February. she has announced she is leaving him in the wake of the sex abuse allegations 

Harvey Weinstein, pictured with his wife Georgina Chapman at an Oscars party in February. she has announced she is leaving him in the wake of the sex abuse allegations 

 

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