Some of Weinstein's accusers
Time's up, for real. In a stunning victory for "the resilience of every moral person who stands up and says ‘enough,” longtime sexual predator and former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison - at 67, given his health issues, probably effectively for life - for sexual assault and rape. In February, Weinstein was convicted of 1st degree sexual assault of Miriam Haley, a former Project Runway production assistant, and 3rd degree rape of former actress Jessica Mann, based on gutsy testimony from both women. At the trial, jurors heard from four other women whose similarly horrific allegations of assault and rape fell outside the statute of limitations: Dawn Dunning, Tarale Wulff, Lauren Young and Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra. After the guilty verdict against a man who "had haunted our lives, even our nightmares," said one victim, "The sky is blue again." With Weinstein facing five to 29 years, activists called his finally being held accountable a "transformational" shift, and expressed gratitude "to each and every woman who demonstrated courage (facing) impossible odds.""Simply put, without these women and others who were willing to come forward, nothing would change," wrote Xeni Jardin. "Spare a thought for his victims. There may be hundreds more whose names you’ll never know."
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