He was awarded this title in 2004 for his services to British cinema.
Queen Elizabeth II decided to strip Harvey Weinstein of the title of Knight of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The filmmaker, now serving a sex offense conviction, received the 2004 award from British Consul General Thomas Harris for his services to British cinema. The title of knight is awarded to people who have made “outstanding, innovative contributions to any field.”
In 2017, when Harvey became the hero of a scandal over numerous allegations of sexual assault, a number of British politicians asked the authorities to strip Weinstein of his honorary status. This did not violate the rules, because the title of knight can be taken away if its bearer harms the reputation of the order.
Now Weinstein’s name has been struck off the order’s register, and his appointment has been revoked.
Now the disgraced director is serving time in prison, he was sentenced to 23 years in prison. But the trial against him does not end, as new evidence of his other crimes appears, because of which the term of his imprisonment may increase.