Ashley Judd, Ronan Farrow, Rose McGowan And More React After Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty

The landmark conviction of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has sent shockwaves across the world.

Michelle Simpson Tuegel, the laywer who represented survivors Miriam Haley and Jessica Mann, said the decision would see a wave of women come forward now that the #MeToo movement has started to achieve justice.

“No matter how powerful a person is, no matter how much mud or dirt may be flung at those who have the courage to come forward, we are in a new time,” she said.

“The #MeToo era has thankfully started to unmask these systems of abuse of power, and now women can be heard and believed.”

During the trial, Haley was in tears as she told the jury, “I figured it was pointless,” describing Weinstein as both Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

“If he heard the word ‘no’, it was like a trigger for him,” she said.

Several of Weinstein’s accusers expressed gratitude and relief at the outcome. Haley and Mann, the two accusers represented in the case, have not yet made statements.

Actor Rosanna Arquette tweeted her gratitude to the “brave women who’ve testified”.

Ashley Judd, another of the Silence Breakers who was not represented in the case, said that in testifying, Haley and Mann “did a public service to girls and women everywhere.”

Rose McGowan called the moment “a huge step forward in our collective healing.”

Mira Sorvino shared similar sentiments, saying that there would be “more to come.”

Investigative journalist Ronan Farrow, whose reporting of allegations against Weinstein helped spur the #MeToo movement, reflected on the “great personal cost and risk” faced by the women who spoke out.

Model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez addressed reporters outside the New York Supreme Court building.

“I wanted to have a positive feeling about this situation,” she said. “And I’m super happy, because it’s like getting back all these years that I lost in the process of trying to get him to justice.”

“So, yeah, I’m happy now. And, of course, I know it’s a start, so from here there will be a moving conversation.”

Other survivors and accusers of sexual assault also showed solidarity with Weinstein’s survivors and accusers shortly after the verdict.

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who successfully filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the late Roger Ailes in 2016, said, “I hope the handcuffs are tight.”

Meanwhile, Anthony Rapp, who accused Kevin Spacey of sexual assaulting him when he was a 14-year-old child, thanked Weinstein’s accusers for stepping forward.

New York district attorney Cyrus Vance also praised the courage of the women who spoke out.

“Weinstein with his manipulation, his resources, his attorneys, his publicists and his spies did everything he could to silence the survivors. But they wouldn’t be silenced, spoke from their hearts, and were heard,” he said.

Over 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual assault. Today’s conviction relates to accusations from two of these women.

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