A Harvard University committee announced Tuesday it would rescind Harvey Weinstein’s W.E.B. Du Bois award, a recognition that goes to people who have contributed to black culture in America.
Harvard’s Executive Committee of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research decided to take back the 2014 award in light of numerous allegations accusing Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment, reports The Harvard Crimson.
“We have voted unanimously to rescind the Du Bois Medal awarded to Mr. Weinstein in 2014,” a group of five professors who make up the committee said in a statement. “We stand with the women who have courageously come forward to fight for themselves and indeed for all of those who have experienced similar abuse.”
The W.E.B Du Bois award, passed out since 2000, is considered the highest honor from the college that goes to people who have most contributed or helped black culture. The college has also given the award to poet Maya Angelou, actor Steven McQueen, Oprah Winfrey and political analyst Donna Brazile.
More than 40 film-industry figures and Hollywood actresses like Cara Delevigne and Ashley Judd accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” a Weinstein spokeswoman stated. “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”
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