Police called to dispute at Weinstein home

October 12, 2017

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein says he's saddened that he's being shunned by Hollywood.

The University at Buffalo is moving to have alumnus Harvey Weinstein's honorary degree revoked in response to multiple accusations of harassment and sexual assault against the Hollywood mogul.

The university said on Wednesday it is "well aware" of the allegations against Weinstein, who was an English major there from 1969-1973.

The university says it has begun the process for revoking the honorary degree it bestowed on him in 2000. The decision lies with the State University of New York board of trustees.

In awarding the honorary SUNY doctorate of humane letters, the university noted that Weinstein and another student started a concert promotion company in 1972 called Harvey and Corky Productions, which became a fixture on Buffalo's music scene.

Multiple women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing. He denies non-consensual activity.

Meanwhile a group of British politicians has called on the government to strip Weinstein of a royal honour bestowed on him for his contributions to the arts.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, MPs from the opposition Labour Party said Weinstein should be stripped of his title as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

The CBE is a prestigious award given out by Queen Elizabeth upon the recommendation of the government of the day. Weinstein received his in 2004.

The MPs said Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct and abuse, detailed in stories in the New York Times and the New Yorker, were "unacceptable and intolerable. They were unacceptable in the 1960s, they are unacceptable now and they may well be criminal under US and UK law."

In light of the mounting accusations against him, Weinstein's CBE should be rescinded, the letter said. Letting him hold on to it would risk "bringing the honors system into disrepute".

On Wednesday, BAFTA announced that it had suspended Weinstein's membership for "alleged behaviour completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA's values".

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