UPDATE: Hollywood figures posted more reactions to Harvey Weinstein’s 23-year prison sentence.
Reese Witherspoon wrote, “A historical moment today. I am so appreciative of the women and men who spoke up about the abuse and harassment they suffered at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. This gives me renewed hope in the US justice system that due process works, survivors will be believed, and justice will be served.”
Jim Carrey drew a portrait of Weinstein, with the inscription, 1952-2020.
PREVIOUSLY: Harvey Weinstein’s 23-year prison sentence triggered swift reactions from accusers and other Hollywood figures, who focused not just on the punishment but the impact that it will have on future cases of sexual assault.
Outside the courthouse, model Ambra Gutierrez, who made sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein in 2015, told reporters, “I was 23 years old when he ruined my life. I don’t know, that’s my number….I am super happy”
“The Silence Breaker community was founded on solidarity, support, and compassion. The New York trial has ended, but the Silence Breakers will persist in our crusade for cultural change, justice and to have our voices heard.”
Tina Tchen, the president and CEO of the Time’s Up Foundation, said that “the trauma of sexual assault and harassment is lifelong — we can only hope that today’s sentence brings all of the survivors of Harvey Weinstein some measure of peace.
She added, “We also hope that these women take pride in knowing the impact they have had on our culture at large. Whether by inspiring more survivors to come forward and seek help, changing how the justice system responds to sexual violence, or leading corporate boards to told more CEOs accountable for toxic workplace culture, the social change catalyzed by these survivors has been nothing short of transformational.”
Arquette praised McGowan and other accusers, as well as journalists and their editors at The New Yorker and The New York Times. She wrote on Twitter, “Gratitude to all the silence breakers especially Rose and all survivors of weinstein to the brave women who testified and to the incredible investigative reporting of Ronan farrow who uncovered the sabotage and spying and to david Remnick thank you Rich McKuen and ny times.”
She later reacted to one of the remarks made by one of Weinstein’s attorneys, Donna Rotunno, who called the sentence “obscene.” “That number was obnoxious. There were murderers who will get out of court faster than Harvey Weinstein will.”
Arquette wrote, “Please Shut up Donna Rotunno the only obscene and obnoxious person here is you. He got what he deserved because he’s a rapist. he is in prison because he raped SO MANY MORE WOMEN and ruined lives and careers there is more evidence and one woman was 16 at the time.”
Another accuser, Jessica Barth, wrote #JUSTICE in a tweet with a link to the sentencing coverage.
Mira Sorvino, who accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, wrote, “23 years. Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for his crimes of rape and sexual assault. I literally cried tears of amazement, gratitude that the justice system has worked on behalf of all of his victims today.”
Sarah Ann Masse, who came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein shortly after the story broke in 2017, wrote, “CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF US WHO SPOKE UP AND TOLD OUR STORIES! Thos is the result of the brave women, the #SilenceBreakers, and especially the women who took the stand in this trial. Harvey Weinstein, you’re a proven rapist and abuser and you will sit in jail for 23 years.”
Rosie Perez, who corroborated parts of Annabella Sciorra’s testimony in the trial, wrote, “23yrs!!! Convicted and Sentenced! Today the world shifted that much more for justice! May my dear friend Annabella Sciorra and all these brave women continue to heal and finally find some peace with this victory! #HarveyWeinsteinGuilty”
Ellen Barkin, who said that she was a target of Weinstein’s verbal abuse, wrote on Twitter, “23 years. God bless you, Jessica Mann, Mimi Hayley and all 108 survivors for your courage and fight. Thank you Ronan Farrow. Thank you Judge Burke. Thank you to the jury. Thank you for believing survivors. Thank you for changing the future for us all.”
One of the two New York Times reporters who broke the Weinstein story, Jodi Kantor, wrote that she was in the courtroom for the sentencing.
“23 years for Harvey Weinstein. @mega2e and I just witnessed it for ourselves. Weinstein was cuffed to his wheelchair then rolled away. The women who testified sobbed afterwards. Irwin Reiter, his accountant of 30 yrs who secretly helped us break the story, sat just behind.”
Farrow wrote, “A lot of news underlines how hard it is to hold wealthy and connected people accountable. Today’s shows the power of people who speak up, from a position of far less power, at great personal risk.”
He added, “The Weinstein sentence reminds us of the importance of those sources and of leaders at news organizations who refused to kill the story—including the editors at the New Yorker who published the first allegations of rape and assault about Weinstein.
“In a letter to the judge this week, Weinstein’s attorneys said that reporting “destroyed“ his life. In fact, it fairly parsed a mountain of evidence suggesting Weinstein’s actions accomplished that. I hope it encourages more people to speak and more outlets to back tough stories.”