In a dramatic culmination of all the events that happened over the past two years, the court declared their verdict. The former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein received a sentence of 23 years behind the bars. The Manhattan Supreme courtroom found the producer guilty in their verdict. This marks a major milestone in the history of Hollywood and the rights of women, at large.
In late 2017, several actresses of Hollywood came forth to speak out against sexual harassment and misconduct in the industry. This sparked outrage among the public populace, giving rise to the MeToo movement. The movement took the world by a storm, with women around the globe coming forward. MeToo encouraged many to speak out against sexual abuse. An explosive article written by Ronan Farrow ignited the landmark initiative. New Yorker magazine titled the article 'From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories'. In the story, multiple aiment from Hollywood revealed harrowing accounts of assault and harassment by Weinstein.
The verdict convicts Weinstein of third-degree rape and first-degree sexual assault. The 67-year-old movie mogul witnessed his fall from grace following the developments of the case.
TIME magazine named the group of Weinstein as 'Person of the Year' in 2017. The group, known as The Silence Breakers, comprises of twenty-four actors including Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan and Rosanna Marquette. The group released the following statement after the sentencing.
"Harvey Weinstein's legacy will always be that he's a convicted rapist. He is going to jail – but no amount of jail time will repair the lives he ruined, the careers he destroyed, or the damage he has caused," the statement said. "The Silence Breaker community was founded on solidarity, support, and compassion. The New York trial has ended, but the Silence Breakers will persist in our crusade for cultural change, justice and to have our voices heard."
The disgraced producer will spend his time behind bars in a prison in Upstate New York.