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In another blow to Harvey Weinstein after he was ejected from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, France’s president said Sunday he was working to rescind Weinstein’s prestigious Legion of Honor award.
Dozens of women have made allegations of sexual harassment and assault against the movie mogul in recent days, some dating back decades. Weinstein denies non-consensual sexual activity.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences took the almost-unprecedented step Saturday of revoking Weinstein’s membership. It said it did so “to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”
Weinstein, who backed many British movies including Shakespeare in Love and The King’s Speech, also has been suspended by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
The fallout from the multiplying accusations against Weinstein also reverberated in France on Sunday. French President Emmanuel Macron said he had “started the procedures” to revoke Weinstein’s Legion of Honor award.
Rescinding the honor is rare, although it also happened to another American: disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Weinstein was given the prestigious French award in 2012 by then-President Nicolas Sarkozy after the French film The Artist won multiple Oscars. Weinstein’s company produced the film, and he predicted in an interview with the Associated Press at the time that it would augur a new “golden age” of French cinema.
French actresses are among those who have accused Weinstein of sexual wrongdoing, notably during his multiple appearances at the Cannes Film Festival.
Macron said he wants to speed up procedures for investigating and prosecuting sexual harassment in France to encourage more women to come forward.
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