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Ronan Farrow, Ashley Judd, Anthony Rapp, and More React to Harvey Weinstein Conviction

Actors and activists have championed the ruling as a #MeToo victory.

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Monday’s news of the conviction of Harvey Weinstein on counts of rape in the third degree and criminal sexual acts in the first degree has been applauded by Hollywood as a #MeToo victory — including by those whose voices helped start the movement back in 2017. Though Weinstein’s sentencing won’t take place until March 1, and an appeal from his attorneys is reportedly already underway, the entertainment community where the movie-producer-turned-convicted-rapist once maintained powerful influence, nonetheless, is in a celebratory mood.

That includes on Twitter, where critical #MeToo figureheads such as the New Yorker journalist Ronan Farrow, actress and activist Ashley Judd (whose sexual harassment claim against Weinstein was dismissed by a judge in January 2019), and actor and Kevin Spacey accuser Anthony Rapp, all championed the news.

Annabella Sciorra, who testified that Weinstein raped her in the winter of 1993, also released a statement on Monday. “I spoke for myself and with the strength of the 80-plus victims of Harvey Weinstein in my heart,” she said via The Hollywood Reporter. “While we hope for continued righteous outcomes that bring absolute justice, we can never regret breaking the silence. For in speaking truth to power we pave the way for a more just culture, free of the scourge of violence against women.”

Other celebrities to voice their support of the conviction news include Gretchen Carlson (once ousted by disgraced chairman Roger Ailes at Fox), Elizabeth Banks, Alyssa Milano, Ellen Barkin, Judd Apatow, and more. See below.

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