#MeToo gets Weinstein
A man carries out Weinstein's walker. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images
Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein is now a convicted rapist, two years and four months after accusations against him helped ignite the #MeToo movement.
Why it matters: To date, #MeToo has resulted in hundreds of powerful men losing their jobs. Seven have been criminally convicted, with four others still facing charges.
Between the lines: Prosecutors won a jury conviction for rape and assault that was based mostly on the credibility of the victims' testimonies.
- Weinstein faces the possibility of 5–25 years, but was acquitted on three other charges, including predatory sexual assault.
- "The case ... was an unusually risky one for Manhattan prosecutors, who had little or no physical or forensic evidence to support the women’s allegations," the N.Y. Times reports.
- "[T]he jury accepted the complex set of facts prosecutors laid out, that [Mimi Haleyi] and [Jessica Mann] could be raped or sexually assaulted by Weinstein on one day and consent to sex with him or send him a warm note another — out of fear or denial, or out of deference to Weinstein’s economic power over them," Irin Carmon writes for NYMag.
The big picture: It took decades for Weinstein to face any accountability, and if not for the overwhelming number of accusers, it's hard to believe he would have faced criminal charges.
- At least 90 women have accused Weinstein of misconduct, but the criminal charges he eventually faced in New York involved only two victims.
- Manhattan's district attorney Cyrus Vance — who declined to charge Weinstein in 2015 over groping allegations — was a regular at the trial, the N.Y. Times notes.
- Weinstein now faces an additional four felony charges in Los Angeles.
The bottom line: It wasn't the legal system that did the job and ended what was reportedly an open secret in Hollywood.