Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has formally stripped Harvey Weinstein of his honorary award following his conviction for sexually assaulting a former production assistant and raping an actress.
“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,” according to an official announcement in the London Gazette said.
"Forfeitures are not that uncommon," a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told BAZAAR.com. "We don't comment as Her Majesty acts on the advice of the Forfeiture Committee, which sits under the Cabinet Office."
Weinstein, 68, is serving a 23-year prison term in New York state following his Feb. 24 conviction. He has appealed the conviction.
Previously, an agreement had been reached to settle for nearly $19 million, with lawyers representing the women who made acuusations, calling the proposed deal a "“complete sellout” that did not require former film producer to accept responsibility or pay out of his own pocket.