Prolific Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein was found guilty on February 24th, 2020 on charges of rape and criminal sexual acts after facing trial in Manhattan. Dozens of women had come forward with accusations against Mr. Weinstein in the previous year, creating a hallmark cultural movement dubbed #MeToo. The #MeToo movement was founded by the survivor and activist Tarana Burke who used the phrase on social media to signal solidarity among victims of sexual assault and harassment.
The conviction of Mr. Weinstein was much anticipated after a trial that gained international attention. Mr. Weinstein’s list of accusers grows by the day and includes names of many famous actresses, filmmakers, and industry professionals such as Ashley Judd, Gwenyth Paltrow, and Uma Thurman. To the women who were brave enough to come forward against Mr. Weinstein, his conviction comes as a powerful statement about holding men accountable for sexual harassment in the workplace.
Mr. Weinstein faced a sentence between five and 29 years and received 23 years. Although Mr. Weinstein left the courtroom absolved of the two most significant charges of predatory sexual assault, his lawyer asserted that their team is still seeking to appeal the guilty conviction.
The guilty verdict was praised on social media by #MeToo supporters and survivors. The effect of #MeToo over the years has not only strengthened the voices of survivors but has prompted meaningful change supporting a solution to the broader issue of sexual assault and harassment. Notably, states are beginning to pass laws that ban nondisclosure agreements that cover sexual harassment, introduce protections for workers, and entitles survivors to financial restitution. Now more than ever, the #MeToo movement has shed light on how grave and widespread sexual misconduct is in the U.S.
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