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A photo shows former President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Harvey Weinstein.

The recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom published in the White House website and the Hollywood Reporter article disproves the statement.

A bogus image showing former President Barack Obama awarding Harvey Weinstein with the Presidential Medal of Freedom had been circulated in the social media.

The White House website had shown the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom from 2009 to 2016. But, Weinstein was never among them during the Obama administration.

A reverse image search of the Weinstein's picture leads to Vice President Joe Biden receiving the medal in early 2017. The same image was published by the Hollywood Reporter, where it shows the original image such as Obama’s facial expression, the position of his hand, and Biden’s tie make it clear that Weinstein’s face was edited into the picture.

Manhattan District Attorney's Office announced the conviction of Harvey Weinstein, 67, for sexually assaulting Miriam Haley in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann in 2013. He is expected to be sentenced on 11 March 2020.

Therefore, the doctored image circulated on social media has falsely suggested that Weinstein was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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