Actress Rose McGowan said Harvey Weinstein will finally know how it feels to have “power wrapped around his neck” after the disgraced film mogul was convicted of rape and sexual assault.
Weinstein, once one of Hollywood’s most powerful and feared men, is facing a minimum of five years in prison after a New York City jury found him guilty of attacking two women.
It was the first trial of the #MeToo era, which was sparked by a torrent of allegations against the 67-year-old studio boss in October 2017.
McGowan was one of the earliest – and most prominent – of Weinstein’s accusers.
“Today is a powerful day,” she said. “And a huge step forward in collective healing. 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.
“Every one of us who has come froward, we have a name, we have a history, we have a life, we are more than Weinstein. But today, because of the brave women, who bared their deepest hurt for the world to see, he’s in Rikers Island.
“For once he won’t be sitting comfortably. For once he will know what it’s like to have power wrapped around his neck. Today is not a referendum on #MeToo, this is taking out the trash.”
It was alleged throughout the trial Weinstein leveraged his immense power and influence to exploit women and the jury heard harrowing testimony from a string of accusers.
He was convicted on charges stemming from a 2006 sexual assault and a 2013 rape. The jury found Weinstein not guilty on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault, that could have resulted in a life sentence.
Weinstein faces between five and 25 years in prison, the Manhattan District Attorney said, with sentencing on March 11.
McGowan, who alleges she was assaulted by Weinstein in the 1990s, praised the other women who came forward and said she wanted to cause a “massive cultural reset”.
She said: “We achieved that already with what happened but today the trashman came.
“He said to all the little girls and little boys who get hurt in this world, some day maybe you too can have a voice.”
Former Charmed star McGowan, 46, added: “I believe we can be better as a world, as people, as humans. Today is one more step forward in that direction.”