Hollywood titan, Harvey Weinstein’s New York trial concluded yesterday and the jury has pronounced the defamed producer to be guilty on two counts of his trial which involved former actress Jessica Mann as well as former Project Runway assistant Mimi Haleyi. Although Weinstein was acquitted of the charges that could have landed him a life sentence, the verdict in the New York case is only the beginning of his persecution as he now due to face a criminal case in Los Angeles with charges that could carry a potential 28-year prison sentence.
The media mogul’s case came to light in October 2017 when The New York Times published a story on Weinstein outlining decades of harassment which included allegations from actresses Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd. The article single-handedly sparked the explosive #MeToo movement with over 80 women stepping forward with allegations against the producer including the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Eva Green, Lupita Nyong’o, Cara Delevigne, Cate Blanchett and Kate Beckinsale.
The news of Weinstein’s guilty verdict has caused a powerful reaction amongst women in Hollywood, with actresses speaking up to celebrate the courage of the women who broke their silence against a predator who repeatedly abused his influence.
Today is a powerful day & a huge step forward in our collective healing— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) February 24, 2020
For the women who testified in this case, and walked through traumatic hell, you did a public service to girls and women everywhere, thank you.#ConvictWeinstein #Guilty— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) February 24, 2020
Today’s historic win in the Weinstein trial is a testament to the bravery and resilience of the #SilenceBreakers, and a victory for survivors everywhere. This is just the beginning. Join @TIMESUPNOW’s fight for safety, equity & justice in every workplace: https://t.co/WotjoNnlA3— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) February 24, 2020
Today’s historic win in the Weinstein trial is a testament to the bravery and resilience of the #SilenceBreakers, and a victory for survivors everywhere. This is just the beginning. Join @TIMESUPNOW’s fight for safety, equity & justice in every workplace: https://t.co/QLbO4gU4mN— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) February 24, 2020
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