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UB says it's going to rescind the honorary degree for Harvey Weinstein

October 11, 2017 10:05 PM

Harvey Weinstein is the powerful Hollywood movie producer facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

Weinstein was a student at the University at Buffalo in the early 1970's. That's when he started a concert promotion company called Harvey and Corky. He never graduated, but in 2000 UB gave him an honorary degree. And now the school says it's going to take that away.

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UB said it gave Weinstein an honorary PhD. for his work in the movie industry. Wednesday, a man running for the Erie County Legislature said the University should take it away. I reached Guy Marlette on FaceTime.

Brean: "Why did you ask UB to rescind this honorary doctorate?"
Guy Marlette, called on UB to rescind Weinstein honorary degree: "I'm a father of two daughters and a granddaughter and my wife and I discussed it and I said this is just ridiculous and this will just continue to go on and how could it have gone on for this length of time?"

Wednesday, the university released this statement:

"The university is well aware of the allegations involving Mr. Weinstein. The university has initiated the process, pursuant to the SUNY Board of Trustees policy, for the revocation of a SUNY honorary degree."

Brean: "What's your reaction to that?"
Guy Marlette: "I think that's great. I know that it goes through the trustees up in Albany and to the Chancellor but I think the fact that the process started so quickly I think is fantastic."

Brother Wease, Radio 95.1: "Harvey Weinstein was out of Buffalo."

And when he was there, radio host Brother Wease used to compete against him for rock and roll bands. Weinstein was a concert promoter bringing bands to the old Century Theater on Main Street in Buffalo.

Brother Wease, Radio 95.1: "We were competitors. I got together with John Scher but never with those guys in Buffalo. Just competitors."
Brean: "Was he a tough competitor?"
Brother Wease: "Yeah, but the whole thing was he wasn't tough enough to get in here."

In its statement Wednesday, UB said Harvey Weinstein didn't give any personal money to the school but it says Disney donated $22,750 on behalf of Weinstein's company called Miramax for a scholarship. UB says that money was awarded in 2005.

I checked with all of our local schools: the U of R, SUNY Geneseo, the College at Brockport, St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College say they've never received money from Weinstein.

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