Harvey Weinstein was once one of Hollywood’s most powerful men.
Now, the 67-year-old disgraced film producer is facing up to 29 years in prison after being found guilty sexual assault and rape.
The verdict is being hailed as a watershed moment in the #MeToo movement.
Here are some reactions to his conviction.
One of the first women to accuse Weinstein, Rose McGowan tweeted that it was “a powerful day & a huge step forward in our collective healing”.
The Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood actress posted a cartoon version of Weinstein on Instagram, with the word “guilty” written above his head.
Quoting a #MeToo statement, she wrote: “Today’s guilty verdicts in the Weinstein trial are a testament to the bravery and resilience of the #SilenceBreakers, and a victory for survivors everywhere.
“This is just the beginning. Join @TIMESUPNOW’s fight for safety, equity & justice in every workplace.”
Robbie had previously called the allegations “disturbing and sad”, saying “the culture has to change”.
Reese Witherspoon shared the same #TimesUp message on Twitter.
Speaking at the premiere of the thriller Invisible Man, Moss said: “I think justice is important when it is served.
The Handmaid’s Tale star went on: “And, I think that sometimes there’s plenty more to be done, and plenty more work to be done on a lot of levels. But I also think that I’m hoping, I’m hoping that the women who were victimised feel some comfort from such justice.”
The Oscar-winning actress, who has said Weinstein harassed her in a hotel room, wrote on Twitter: “I am so proud to stand in the company of my fellow Silence Breakers on this historic day.”
Arquette, who has said she resisted unwanted sexual advances by Weinstein, tweeted: “Gratitude to the brave women who’ve testified and to the jury for seeing through the dirty tactics of the defence.
“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.”
She also posted a shot of NBC news which showed an image of Weinstein and the headline “Harvey Weinstein found guilty in New York sexual assault trial”.
The Splash star, who said she repeatedly turned down advances from Weinstein, wrote on Twitter: “For decades Harvey Weinstein used his power and position to harass, assault and rape women.
“Now a verdict, from a jury of seven men and five women have held him partially accountable.
“Harvey Weinstein is a convicted sex offender.”
The Boogie Nights star, who has said she was once propositioned by Weinstein, posted a statement from Tina Tchen, president and chief executive of the Time’s Up Foundation on Instagram.
It read: “This trial – and the jury’s decision today – marks a new era of justice, not just for the Silence Breaker, who spoke out at great personal risk, but for all survivors of harassment, abuse, and assault at work.”
One of the first women to publicly accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct, Judd wrote on Twitter: “For the women who testified in this case, and walked through traumatic hell, you did a public service to girls and women everywhere, thank you.”
She signed off with the hashtags #ConvictWeinstein and #Guilty.
The British musician, who says she was once propositioned by the movie mogul, tweeted: “Harvey Weinstein found guilty.”
She followed it with the clapping emoji.
The No Time To Die star, who said Weinstein once tried to persuade her to come up to his hotel room, shared a Time’s Up post on Instagram.
The only post on her page, it reads: “Time’s Up on silence. Time’s Up on waiting. Time’s Up on tolerating discrimination, harassment and abuse #TimesUP.”
Perez testified at Weinstein’s trial to bolster the account of friend and fellow actress Annabella Sciorra.
She shared the message: “Harvey Weinstein has been handcuffed & taken to jail!”
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The New Yorker journalist, who broke stories about allegations against Weinstein, paid tribute to the women who shared their story.
Farrow wrote on Twitter: “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.”
Bill Cosby’s publicist
Meanwhile, Bill Cosby’s publicist issued a statement on social media calling Weinstein’s verdict “a very sad day” and asking where “wealthy and famous men can find fairness”.
In a lengthy post, Andrew Wyatt wrote: “This is not shocking because these jurors were not sequestered, which gave them access to media coverage and the sentiments of public opinion.
“There’s no way you would have anyone believe that Mr Weinstein was going to receive a fair and impartial trial. Also, this judge showed that he wanted a conviction by sending the jurors back to deliberate, after they were hung on many of the counts.
“Here’s the question that should haunt all Americans, especially wealthy and famous men… Where do we go in this country to find fairness and impartiality in the judicial system; and where do we go in this country to find Due Process? Lastly, if the #metoo movement isn’t just about Becky [White women], I would challenge #metoo and ask them to go back 400+ years and tarnish the names of those oppressors that raped slaves. This is a very sad day in the American Judicial System.”
Source : Sky News