A board at Harvard University this week voted to rescind an honor awarded to Harvey Weinstein in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and rape made against the disgraced Hollywood mogul.
The executive committee of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard stripped Weinstein of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal he was given in 2014. The medal is Harvard’s “highest honor in the field of African American studies,” according to the center’s web site, and it is awarded to individuals “in recognition of their contributions to African American culture and the life of the mind.” The same year Weinstein was awarded the medal, other recipients included Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, and Oprah Winfrey.
The executive committee, a group of five professors, voted Tuesday night to take away that honor from Weinstein.
“We have voted unanimously to rescind the Du Bois Medal awarded to Mr. Weinstein in 2014,” said the committee in a statement. “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.”
Weinstein, who has won six best-picture Oscars as an executive producer, has denied the rape allegations while acknowledging that his behavior “caused a lot of pain.”
Harvard is the latest institution to distance itself from Weinstein. Since the reports surfaced, Weinstein was fired by the movie and television studio he cofounded, the Weinstein Co.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to kick the film titan out of that organization last week. French President Emmanuel Macron is pushing for Weinstein to be stripped of the country’s highest honor, the Légion d’Honneur award. Similar discussions are happening in Britain over Weinstein’s CBE.
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