Actress, author and activist Rose McGowan has celebrated Harvey Weinstein’s conviction after the disgraced Hollywood mogul was found guilty on two counts in a landmark rape trial today in New York City.
McGowan – who had previously accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in the 90s – said he will finally know how it feels to have ‘power wrapped around his neck’ as she joined other accusers in sharing messages on social media.
The 67-year-old went on trial in early January facing five charges of rape and sexual assault, all of which he pleaded not guilty to.
And today, a jury of seven men and five women found the disgraced producer guilty on the fifth day of deliberations.
The disgraced mogul has been convicted on two out of five counts – criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree.
The jury found Weinstein not guilty on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault, which could have resulted in a life sentence for the former Hollywood producer.
A judge ordered Weinstein to be jailed immediately after his conviction. He’ll remain in custody until his 11 March sentencing. He faces up to 29 years in prison.
McGowan, who one of the earliest – and most prominent – of Weinstein’s accusers, wrote on social media: ‘Today is a powerful day.
‘And a huge step forward in collective healing.’
She added in a conference call, according to Variety, alongside more than 20 women known as the ‘silence breakers’ amid the Weinstein allegations: ‘20 years ago I decided to come after Weinstein because I’d heard about him doing this to someone else, and then I heard him doing it to someone else, and someone else.
Mira Sorvino, who had earlier posted on social media, added: ‘The era of impunity for powerful men who rape people is over.
‘He will rot in jail as he deserves and we will begin to have some closure.’
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