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Harvey Weinstein found guilty in landmark #MeToo trial, celebrities react

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Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty on two counts in his sexual assault trial in New York.

The landmark trial serves as a win for the #MeToo movement that inspired women across the world to speak out against abuse at the hands of men in power.

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Photo credit: John Minchillo.

Former Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of rape and sexual assault in a milestone verdict for the #MeToo movement.

Weinstein has been convicted of sexual assault and rape in the third degree, although he has been acquitted on counts of predatory sexual assault and first-degree rape, which carry an even greater sentence. Nevertheless, he faces between 5 and 25 years in prison.

The convictions include the sexual assault of former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and the rape of actress Jessica Mann in 2013.

According to The New York Times, Weinstein “appeared unmoved as the verdict was read.” Weinstein was ordered straight to jail where he will remain until his sentencing hearing on the 11th of March.

A number of Hollywood stars and victims have responded to the verdict. Ashely Judd, who came forward with some of the initial allegations against Weinstein, was one of the first to react to the verdict, praising all the women who had spoken up:

Others like Reese Witherspoon, Rosie Perez, Ellen Barkin, Elizabeth Banks, and Eva Longoria Baston also commended survivors and friends:

 

Kim Cattrall pointed out ongoing prejudices:

Whilst Judd Apatow reminded that Weinstein is still facing more charges in L.A.:

British Labour Party member, Jess Phillips, described how many felt that Weinstein would never go to jail:

And fellow Labour MP Chi Onwurah also weighed in:


Speaking on the verdict, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance stated: “It’s a new day because Weinstein has finally been held accountable.”

Addressing the jurors, he described: “Your verdict turned a page in our criminal justice system.”

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February 25, 2020