Harvard University is rescinding a 2014 medal it awarded to Harvey Weinstein for his contributions to African American culture. He received it alongside such greats as Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou.

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Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research decided to revoke the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal on Tuesday (October 17) in light of sexual harassment and rape allegations against the movie producer. The Du Bois Medal is school’s highest honor in the field of African and African American Studies. Weinstein received the award with seven other people in 2014.

The center’s leaders said they stand with “the women who have courageously come forward” to fight for themselves and “all of those who have experienced similar abuse.”


To date, Harvey Weinstein has been fired from his own production company and accusations of rape and sexual abuse came from more than three dozen women.