Harvey Weinstein Stripped of British Film Institute Title
Due to recent revelations regarding sexual misconduct, the British Film Institute this week rescinded a fellowship awarded to producer Harvey Weistein in 2002.
"The serious and widespread allegations about Harvey Weinstein's appalling conduct are in direct opposition to the BFI's values," the organization stated.
Weinstein has been accused of multiple incidents of sexual assault and harassment, including rape, which the producer “unequivocally denied.” An article published by The New York Times on Oct. 5 exposed nearly three decades of unethical behavior, with many incidents being settled out of court by Weinstein’s lawyers.
Since the news broke, numerous women have come forward with details of similar, distressing experiences involving the former head of Miramax. The list includes Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne and Lupita Nyong’o, among many others, both in and outside of the entertainment industry. The total number exceeds 50 incidents.
Weinstein enjoyed monumental success in Hollywood for almost 40 years, producing films such as Pulp Fiction (1994), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Lion (2016). In 2002, the BFI recognized the movie mogul’s “outstanding contribution to cinema” by awarding him their highest accolade.
However, in light of what has unfolded, the BFI, first established in 1933, reversed their decision.
"We wholeheartedly support those brave enough to come forward and speak out. The film industry needs more women represented on every level, on and off-screen,” the organization added.