'A historic day': Stars react to Harvey Weinstein's 23-year prison sentence

By Zach Harper

Jameela Jamil, Padma Lakshmi and Anthony Rapp are among the stars calling Harvey Weinstein's 23-year prison sentence "historic" and thanking women who testified against the former Hollywood mogul.

Judge James A. Burke handed the sentence to Harvey the same day in New York. The New York Times reports he could have received anywhere from five to 29 years in prison. He was convicted of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree last month.

"This verdict would not have been possible ten or even five years ago," Top Chef host Padma tweeted. "This is a historic day for women's equality and holding powerful men accountable for their actions."

Actress Mira Sorvino, who was one of Harvey's early accusers, also tweeted about the verdict.

"I literally cried tears of amazement [and] gratitude that the justice system has worked on behalf of all his victims today," she wrote.

"Thoughts with every courageous woman who, knowing the risks, dared to come forward to speak their truth," Mia Farrow said on Twitter. Many praised her son, Ronan Farrow, for his reporting on the case.

Anthony Rapp, who made headlines in 2017 when he accused Kevin Spacey of making unwanted sexual advances toward him in 1986, also took the time to praise those who testified against Harvey.

"This is such incredible news," he tweeted. "Again, I thank and honor the incredibly courageous women who came forward and started a conversation that has helped change the world for the better."

Former The Good Place star Jameela also thanked the women who testified against Harvey.

"You have made a huge leap forward for all women with this victory," she tweeted. "Also so much love to @RonanFarrow."

The Silence Breakers, a group of women including actresses Ashley Judd, Rosanna Arquette and Rose McGowan, said the group plans to "persist in our crusade for culture change, justice and to have our voices heard."

"He is going to jail – but no amount of time will repair the lives he ruined, the careers he destroyed, or the damage he has caused," the statement also read.

Six women testified Harvey in the trial, which began in January. He reportedly faced criminal charges in connection with two of them – Miriam "Mimi" Haley and Jessica Mann. Both gave victim impact statements at the March 11 sentencing.

"He violated my trust, my body and my basic right to reject his sexual advances," Miriam said in an emotional statement, according to USA Today. "When he attacked me that evening, it scarred me emotionally and physically. It diminished my confidence and faith in people, and my confidence and faith in myself.

"I'm relieved he will now know he's not above the law."

Jessica Mann leaves court after Harvey's sentencing on March 11. Photo: © BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images

"My rape was preventable," Jessica said, according to the same publication. "I am forced to carry that experience until I die. It is a recurring nightmare that I feel is just as real as when it happened."

"Behind bars, Harvey can have the chance to rehabilitate while being held accountable for his crimes," she continued.

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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