Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Macron 'to revoke Harvey Weinstein's Legion of Honour award'

Macron 'to revoke Harvey Weinstein's Legion of Honour award'

A film producer has already lost a position in his company, he was expelled from the American Academy of motion picture arts, and now the President of France Emmanuel macron intends to deprive Harvey of the Legion of honour.

The producer, who won Oscars for films including The Artist, received the Legion of Honour, "Chevalier" grade, from former President Nicolas Sarkozy in March 2012.

In a national television interview Sunday, Macron says he's "started the procedures" for the removal.

Cyclist Lance Armstrong was also stripped of this award in 2014, due to performance-enhancing drug he used during the annual bicycle race the Tour de France.

"The Presidency considers that this behavior is in contradiction with honor", the spokeswoman said.

French actresses are among those who have accused Mr Weinstein of sexual wrongdoing, notably during his multiple appearances at the Cannes Film Festival. Therefore, Macron says he wants to speed up the legal procedures for investigating and prosecuting sexual harassment.

Though Weinstein has "denied" any "allegations of non-consensual sex" and has said that he is hoping to get a "second chance".

In a separate case, British actress Lysette Anthony says she's reported to police last week that Weinstein raped her in her London home in the late 1980s.

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