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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— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) February 24, 2020
I applaud the women who bravely stepped forward to help forever alter the conversation around what they — and all of us — have to put up with. Gratified to see some justice being served here. #MeToo https://t.co/wR4f66uecj
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) February 24, 2020
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) February 24, 2020
Today’s outcome in Harvey Weinstein’s New York trial is the result of the decisions of multiple women to come forward to journalists and to prosecutors at great personal cost and risk. Please keep those women in your thoughts today.
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) February 24, 2020
— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) February 24, 2020
Gratitude to the brave women who’ve testified and to the jury for seeing through the dirty tactics of the defense .we will change the laws in the future so that rape victims are heard and not discredited and so that it’s easier for people to report their rapes
— Rosanna Arquette🌎✌🏼 (@RoArquette) February 24, 2020
Right now Harvey Weinstein is on his way to prison. These are the women who put him away…
— Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin) February 24, 2020
Don’t forget- Harvey Weinstein faces four more charges in Los Angeles. This is just the beginning of holding him accountable. https://t.co/BY3nNxmwNt
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) February 24, 2020
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) February 24, 2020
The jury convicted Weinstein of 1 count of rape & 1 count of committing a criminal sexual act. He was acquitted on the charges of predatory sexual assault, which each carried a potential life sentence.https://t.co/6J16rDHUbN
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 24, 2020