Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of rape in the third degree and criminal sexual acts in the first degree on Monday — but was acquitted of the most serious charges of predatory sexual assault, which could have resulted in a lifelong prison sentence. He could still be sent to prison for decades.
The mixed verdict drew mixed reactions from actors like Ashley Judd and Rosanna Arquette, directors like Judd Apatow and other members of the entertainment industry on social media Monday afternoon. Many showed support for the accusers who came forward and expressed gratitude that Weinstein was found partly accountable. But some also shared their frustration that Weinstein wasn’t convicted of every charge in the Manhattan criminal trial.
“While it is disappointing that today’s outcome does not deliver the true, full justice that so many women deserve, Harvey Weinstein will now forever be known as a convicted serial predator,” wrote the Silence Breakers, a group of women including Judd and Arquette, that was shared under the Time’s Up organization’s verified Twitter TWTR, -7.56% account. “We owe a debt of gratitude to Mimi Haleyi, Jessica Mann, Annabella Sciorra, Dawn Dunning, Tarale Wulff and Lauren Young and all the Silence Breakers for their bravery and resolve as they faced this man in court. We continue to believe them — all of them — and continue to be in solidarity with them.”
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. also tweeted from his verified account that, “These heroic women broke their silence to hold Harvey Weinstein accountable, and a generation of sexual assault survivors heard their every word.”
Here’s how Hollywood players and other notables are responding to the Weinstein verdict.