Stars react to verdict in Harvey Weinstein trial

By Zach Harper

Ashley Judd, Rosanna Arquette and Anthony Rapp were among the stars who expressed gratitude to women who testified against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who was found guilty on two counts in his sexual assault trial on Feb. 24.

A jury convicted the 67-year-old of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree, according to The New York Times, which reports he was acquitted on counts of predatory sexual assault. The publication also says he was ordered to jail to await sentencing on March 11.

Six women testified against the Hollywood producer in the trial, which began in January. TheNew YorkTimes reports he faced criminal charges in connection with two of them – Miriam "Mimi" Haley and Jessica Mann.

Ashley, who has previously accused Harvey of sexual harassment, took to Twitter to express relief after the verdict.

"For the women who testified in this case, and walked through traumatic hell, you did a public service to girls and women everywhere," she tweeted. "Thank you."

Rosanna also took time to praise the six women who testified against Harvey.

"Gratitude to the brave women who've testified and to the jury for seeing through the dirty tactics of the defense," she tweeted.

Tina Tchen, the president and CEO of the Time's Up Foundation, which was founded in 2018 in response to accusations against Harvey, also praised the women who took the stand.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to Mimi Haley, Jessica Mann, Annabella Sciorra, Dawn Dunning, Tarale Wulff, Lauren Young and all the Silence Breakers for their bravery and resolve," she said in a statement. "The jury's verdict sends a powerful message to the world of just how much progress has been made..."

Anthony, who made headlines in 2017 when he accused Kevin Spacey of making unwanted sexual advances toward him in 1986, also took the time to thank anyone who spoke out.

"I applaud the women who bravely stepped forward to help forever alter the conversation around what they – and all of us – have to put up with," he tweeted. "Gratified to see some justice being served here."

In 2017, The New York Times and The New Yorker published investigative reports into sexual harassment allegations against Harvey. In May 2018, he was arrested and charged with "rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women," according to a New York Police Department statement at the time.

When Harvey's trial opened in New York on Jan. 6, he was also charged in Los Angeles with the alleged sexual assault of two women in 2013. He has not entered a plea in that case yet.

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