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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 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, Simon Wiesenthal Center founder and dean Rabbi Marvin Hier released a statement, saying everyone at the human rights organization is “horrified by the charges leveled against Harvey Weinstein by so many people.”
“Given the gravity of the accusations, we are removing his name from our distinguished roster of honorees in all our future publications,” Hier adds. “Obviously, we can’t go back in time, but had we known then what we know now, we would have never honored him, because such egregious behavior is against everything the Museum of Tolerance and the Wiesenthal Center stands for and is in contradiction to the text of the award he received: ‘Who is honored, he who honors mankind.'”
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