It’s a great day for the #MeToo movement. After three years since the first allegations against him were made, Harvey Weinstein is convicted on Feb. 24 after the jury finds him “guilty of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and third degree rape.”
According to BBC News, there are more women who spoke up about their own experience with Weinstein through the years—with most of them filing cases against him.
On Feb. 18, the jury began with the deliberations. During this time, Judge James Burke warns lead defense lawyer Donna Rutunno to refrain from media interactions after her Newsweek opinion piece “drew the ire of prosecutors.”
After five days of deliberation, the jury has deemed Weinstein guilty of “sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping ex-actress Jessica Mann in 2013.” And although he’s acquitted of some charges, Weinstein is still looking at up to 25 years of jail time.
Weinstein is now trending on Twitter as more and more people are reacting to his conviction.
Because of the women who testified, Harvey Weinstein was found guilty and is sitting in Riker's today. Your courage gives hope to other Silence Breakers that by speaking up some measure of justice will be mete. Thank you 💛
It’s a great day for the #MeToo movement, which reached new heights when American actress Alyssa Milano shared her sexual assault story involving Weinstein.
I never thought I would see this in my lifetime. Many may not understand the bravery of these women to stand up for themselves. They were also standing up for me and every other women of my generation who was told that men were men. That's not ok.#MeToo
It gives hope to those suffering from abuse, letting them know that they will be heard and justice will be served. Let’s just hope power won’t ever be a reason why these people are acquitted of their crimes.