Early Wednesday afternoon, Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years behind bars for third-degree rape and forceable sexual assault of two women. Health issues or not, sometimes being hunched over a walker in front of cameras just doesn’t stop justice from doing its thing. Especially if you’re a sex offender.
If you’ve been living under a rock or avoiding the news altogether, Harvey Weinstein was first known as a major film producer, who co-founded the successful production company Miramax. They’re responsible for a plethora of classic films like Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and the Scream franchise to name just a few. So, not exactly a smaller indie company we’re talking about here.
Back in 2017, actress Ashley Judd came forward in a New York Times article accusing Weinstein of sexual harassment. With the world in shock, the #MeToo movement quickly reignited, with the ferocity of social media behind it this time. It quickly spread across the world, enabling thousands of other women to come forward with their stories of sexual abuse. That said, Harvey Weinstein was one of the first of many men who made worldwide news for reports such as this, followed by other major Hollywood names such as Kevin Spacey and Bill Cosby. Judd’s courage inspired not several, but 80 other women to come forward and accuse Weinstein of similar disturbing interactions, which range from sexual abuse to rape.
Wednesday, Weinstein had the chance to speak in court to some of his victims and express regret for his actions, according to USA Today. “I feel remorse for this situation. I feel it deep in my heart. I’m really trying to be a better person.” He went on to say he’d do a lot of things over if he could, and would care less about the movies but “more about my children and my family…I may never see my children again.” Deep Harvey, real deep.
Six women showed up and testified against him in court on Wednesday. Sitting right in the front row, nearly all the women explained his approach and how he would prey on them in the same way. They claimed his aim was to lure them into ‘isolated places by promising to discuss their careers. Once alone, he sexually assaulted them, sometimes justifying the act by complimenting them or insisting “this is how all actresses make it”.
Amongst the 80 courageous women who stepped forward, Weinstein was only convicted on two counts. Though it feels like he should be convicted on about one hundred, the world can take comfort in knowing that justice finally prevailed, and he wasn’t acquitted of all charges. As one of his victims Miriam Haleyi testified in court today, “I’m relieved he will now know that he is not above the law.”