Ashley Judd Calls Weinstein Conviction Reversal a "Hard Day for Survivors"

Harvey Weinstein's 2020 rape conviction overturned by NY court, sparking outrage from accusers and reigniting calls for justice system reform in the #MeToo era.

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Ashley Judd Calls Weinstein Conviction Reversal a "Hard Day for Survivors"

Ashley Judd Calls Weinstein Conviction Reversal a "Hard Day for Survivors"

The New York Court of Appeals has overturned Harvey Weinstein's 2020 rape conviction in a 4-3 ruling, finding that the judge in the trial had shown prejudice by allowing women to testify about allegations that were not part of the case. The court has ordered a new trial for Weinstein, who is currently serving a 23-year sentence at a medium-security prison in New York and was also convicted of rape in Los Angeles in 2022, receiving an additional 16-year sentence.

Actress Ashley Judd, who was among the first to publicly accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment, called the decision an "act of institutional betrayal. Weinstein's accusers, including Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom, expressed frustration and sadness over the ruling, but said Weinstein will still die in prison due to his conviction in a separate Los Angeles trial.

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office plans to retry the case, while Weinstein's attorney said he will be ready for a retrial. Survivors like Ambra Battilana Gutierrez and Dawn Dunning, who testified against Weinstein, said the ruling was a failure of the justice system to take survivors seriously, but they do not regret coming forward.

Why this matters: The overturning of Weinstein's conviction is a significant setback for the #MeToo movement and has reignited calls for reform of the justice system to better support and protect victims of sexual violence. The decision has been met with disappointment and outrage from Weinstein's accusers and their advocates, who see it as a failure to hold perpetrators accountable.

Actress Caitlin Dulany, who accused Weinstein of assault, called for reform in the justice system, saying the ruling is a "travesty of justice." The dissenting opinion in the appeal argued that the decision continues to "thwart the steady gains survivors of sexual violence have fought for in our criminal justice system."

"We still live in our truth. We know what happened," said Ashley Judd, emphasizing that the court's decision does not change the reality of Weinstein's actions. The Silence Breakers group, representing women who accused Weinstein and others of sexual misconduct, stated that the ruling does not diminish the validity of their experiences and that they will continue to fight for justice.

Key Takeaways

  • NY court overturns Weinstein's 2020 rape conviction, orders new trial.
  • Weinstein currently serving 23-year sentence, also convicted in LA in 2022.
  • Accusers express frustration, but say Weinstein will still die in prison.
  • Overturning a setback for #MeToo, calls for justice system reform.
  • Accusers stand by their truth, say ruling doesn't change Weinstein's actions.