Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Others Finally Face Justice – 5 Years After #MeToo

It’s been a long time coming, but some of Hollywood’s greatest perpetrators of abuse are finally sitting for trials this month.

This includes Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Paul Haggis, and Danny Masterson.

Their crimes were unveiled during the #MeToo movement five years ago, and it’s taken this long to bring them to trial for their crimes and the harm they’ve caused.

Spacey’s trial is first on deck, with jury selection beginning Thursday in New York. He was first accused by actor Anthony Rapp of sexually abusing him when he was just 14 and Spacey was in his late 20s. It was the start of Spacey’s downfall as more and more men came forward with similar tales. He will also face trial in the UK for similar charges in June 2023.

Weinstein’s jury selection begins in Los Angeles next Wednesday. Weinstein has already been convicted of third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual conduct in New York in 2020. If found guilty of 11 additional felony counts, including sexual assault on five women, Weinstein could face up to 140 years in prison.

Masterson could face 45 years to life in prison over allegations that three women were abused by him after they met in the Church of Scientology.

Haggis’s trial is complicated because he’s using his religious status (as a former member of the Church of Scientology) as a defense, saying that the accusations leveled against him are part of a smear campaign after he left the church and openly condemned it. Multiple women have accused him of sexual assault.

Could 2022 be the year of justice for the #MeToo survivors? Only if the justice system works as designed. Holding your breath on that is probably not a good move.


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