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Committee to decide whether The Queen should strip Harvey Weinstein of his CBE

The Honours Forfeiture Committee is “actively considering” whether to make a recommendation to The Queen which would rescind the disgraced movie producer, Harvey Weinstein, of his CBE.

According to the BBC, the committee is looking into the notion of removing the honour. However, only the Monarch herself has the authority to remove somebody of their honour.

Mr Weinstein received an honorary CBE in 2004 for outstanding contribution to the British film industry.

The news comes after Mr Weinstein has been accused by more than two dozen women of crimes including sexual assault and rape.

Some of those who allege sexual impropriety include actresses Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rose McGowan.

Rescinding somebody of an honour is an uncommon occurrence.

Some high profile cases include the jockey Lester Piggott, who after being jailed in 1987 for tax fraud was stripped of his OBE.

The former banker Fred Goodwin also had an honour rescinded in 2012, when The Queen annulled his knighthood following the collapse of RBS.

The Honours Forfeiture Committee is made up of senior figures from the Cabinet Office, including the head of the Civil Home Service and the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood.

All decisions made by the committee are submitted to The Queen via the Prime Minister.

Until the Monarch actually rescinds an honour, discussions held at the committee are supposed to remain confidential.