Sorry, not sorry. Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of rape. He is sentenced to 23 years in prison. Reminder. In 2017, more than 80 women accused him of sexual abuse. Weinstein pleaded not guilty and said the acts were consensual.
The allegations sparked the #MeToo social media campaign and many sexual abuse allegations against powerful men.
But who is Harvey Weinstein?
- He co-founded the entertainment company Miramax which produced successful independent films including Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), The Crying Game (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Heavenly Creatures (1994), Flirting with Disaster (1996), and Shakespeare in Love (1998).
- Weinstein won an Academy Award for producing Shakespeare in Love,
- He won 7 Tony Awards for plays and musicals, including The Producers, Billy Elliot the Musical, and August: Osage County.
He was found guilty of 2 charges. First, criminal sex act in the first degree for forcing oral sex on a production assistant at his apartment in 2006. Second, rape in the third degree of an aspiring actress at a hotel in 2013.
But Weinstein was found not guilty on 3 other charges including 2 counts of predatory sexual assault – which carried a possible life sentence.
The verdict sends a powerful message and marks a new era of justice for survivors of harassment, abuse, and assault at work.