"You did a service to women everywhere." How the world reacted to Harvey Weinstein's conviction.

In the hours since Harvey Weinstein’s conviction, two words have been trending on Twitter: Me Too.

As Ronan Farrow wrote, “Today’s outcome, is the result of the decision of multiple women to come forward to journalists and to prosecutors at great personal cost and risk.”

The guilty verdict has been a long time coming for the more than 90 women who have accused the Hollywood movie producer of sexual misconduct.

Watch some of the reporting of the Harvey Weinstein rape trial. Post continues after. 

Farrow of The New Yorker was one of the journalists to break the Weinstein accusations to the mainstream in 2017, alongside Meghan Twohey and Jodi Kantor of The New York Times.

Weinstein’s alleged (at that point) actions sparked a global movement and social media uprising as men and women shared their #MeToo experiences.

Today’s conviction of Weinstein marked a moment in history, with many experts labelling it the “tipping point” and “watershed” trial that will help pave the way for the future of how sexual harassment and rape is treated within justice systems around the world.


The “Silence Breakers.”

As the news was digested this morning, and Weinstein taken away in handcuffs, some of the women who accused the movie mogul of sexual misconduct shared their thoughts on Twitter.

While many were disappointed Weinstein was only found guilty of two of the five charges, there is another trial still to go in LA where Weinstein faces more charges of rape.

For now, they’re focusing on the wins.


“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,” actress Ashley Judd 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,” said actress Rosanna Arquette.


Rose McGowan wrote, “Today is a powerful day and a huge step forward in our collective healing,” adding in a separate tweet that “I can finally exhale.”


In a phone press conference with 17 of Weinstein’s accusers McGowan added, “For once he won’t be sitting comfortably. For once he will know what it is like to have power wrapped around his neck.”

“Today is not a referendum on MeToo. This is taking out the trash,” McGowan said, reported Deadline.

Mira Sorvino said during the same conference, “Harvey Weinstein has harmed many of our lives, even in our nightmares, long after he initially did what he did to each one of us. We have finally taken that power back. And we have exposed his evil and others like him, the true ugliness. He will rot in jail as he deserves and we will begin to have some closure.”


Actress and director, Asia Argento, wrote, “Harvey Weinstein is now a convicted rapist. Two survivors cry and celebrate. Thank you God. Thank you to all the brave women. Thank you judge and jury in NYC.”


Hollywood reacts.

Friends and colleagues of those who have accused Weinstein have also shared their thoughts.

Actress Rosie Perez, who was a witness in the trial to corroborate actress Annabella Sciorra’s claims that Weinstein raped her, wrote: “Harvey Weinstein has been handcuffed and taken to jail. Gutted for my dear friend Annabella Sciorra who told the truth. Yet I congratulate her and all who came forward for their bravery. This is not enough but survivors take courage. This is still a great win.”


Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell tweeted, “Harvey won’t need his walker anymore. He can hold onto the bars.”


“Today’s historic win in the Weinstein trial is a testament to the bravery and resilience of the #SilenceBreakers, and a victory for survivors everywhere. This is just the beginning,” said actress Reece Witherspoon on Twitter.


Comedian Rosie O’Donnell also took to Twitter, writing: “Off he goes to prison, where he belongs, over 80 women accused him of rape. Imagine the total number?”


Screenwriter Garry Whitta wrote: “Harvey Weinstein is prisoner number 06581138Z at Rikers Island. That’s pretty much the tweet. I just enjoyed writing it.”

Weinstein will be sentenced on March 11.

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