The Harvey Weinstein scandal has now not long past neglected in a foreign country, with French President Emmanuel Macron saying that he has taken steps to strip the Hollywood manufacturer of his prestigious nationwide Legion of Honor award. His movements “lack honor,” Macron defined in an interview on French TV.
The information comes an afternoon after British actress Lysette Anthony accused Weinstein of raping her in his house within the 1980s. Anthony spoke out within the wake of sexual harassment and attack court cases by way of dozens of American actresses first recounted within the New York Times and New Yorker. Scotland Yard has introduced an investigation into 5 court cases of sexual attack towards Weinstein by way of 3 British girls, the Independent has reported.
Weinstein was once introduced with the Legion of Honor — France’s very best award for advantage — in 2012 by way of then-French president Nicolas Sarkozy after his French movie “The Artist” gained 5 Oscars. Weinstein was once venerated for his contribution to cinema.
“I have begun steps to withdraw the Legion d’Honneur,” Macron mentioned in an interview on TF1. “Since these acts lack honor, we [should consider] all consequences.” Macron mentioned he has requested the Grand Chancellor of the Order — chair of the National Order of Merit — “to examine quickly this case and launch a disciplinary procedure” towards Weinstein. The ultimate determination will likely be as much as the Order.
The Grand Chancellor’s place of business defined in a remark to Variety that the group most often waits for a “final condemnation” earlier than rescinding an award or instituting any more or less disciplinary motion. But motion may well be taken extra temporarily for a breach of honor, Macron indicated.
There was once no rapid reaction from Weinstein, however his spokesman has mentioned that each one sexual encounters have been consensual.
Earlier this month, Weinstein was once fired from the Weinstein Company. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences additionally voted Saturday to eject Weinstein from the group.
The Weinstein scandal has additionally caused an offended tweetstorm amongst French girls who’ve introduced the hashtag #balancetonporc: “get even with” or “squeal on your pig,” with a view to reveal males they accuse of sexual harassment or attack.