In the immortal words of Joe Biden, “This is a big fucking deal.”
Courtesy of NBC News:
Harvey Weinstein, the once-powerful Hollywood mogul, was found guilty of rape in the third degree Monday but acquitted on the two most serious criminal charges, capping a landmark trial of the #MeToo era.
The jury in New York convicted Weinstein, 67, of third-degree rape of Jessica Mann, a former aspiring actress, as well as a count of criminal sexual act in the first degree against Mimi Haley, a former “Project Runway” production assistant.
But the jury found him not guilty on two counts of predatory sexual assault, which each carried a sentence of up to life in prison. He was also acquitted on a count of first-degree rape against Mann.
The jury of seven men and five women deliberated for five days, causing anxiety among his accusers. The jurors appeared solemn and stared straight ahead as they entered the courtroom before reading the verdict.
In all, more than 80 women have accused the Oscar-winning producer behind “Pulp Fiction” and “The King’s Speech” of sexual assault and harassment going back decades, though the charges were based primarily on allegations from Haley and Mann, who each took the stand to describe their experiences in oftentimes graphic and emotional terms.
But in more than a month inside a Manhattan court, prosecutors called four other accusers as witnesses who could testify about Weinstein’s alleged pattern of serial abuse, including “The Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra, who has accused him of raping her in the early 1990s.
It would of course have been better if Weinstein had been convicted on all charges and ended up spending his final days in prison, but we should not lose sight of the fact that even five years ago there is no way that he would have served any time.
Investigative journalists only brought all of this out in the open in 2017 and since then we have seen a number of well known female celebrities and others make dozens of allegations against Weinstein.
Weinstein is so far probably the most powerful man brought to justice by the #MeToo movement.
And if this fat, slimy, over-privileged POS can be taken down, then how long before this fat, slimy, over-privileged POS joins him?