Last week saw a major milestone in the Time’s Up movement.
According to Glamour, former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein “turned himself in for arrest and charges of first- and third-degree rape and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree” after more than 80 women accused him sexual assault, harassment and misconduct.
Charged on allegations from two women specifically and with more potentially on the way, Glamour says the day the news broke of Weinstein’s arrest saw an onslaught of reactions from accusers on Twitter, who used the moment to once again give voice to the issue of sexual misconduct and harassment — and declare justice in their cause.
“It’s been a long time coming and today my fellow victims and I rejoice and pray no one ever underestimates the power of women when we stand together + scream the truth #WeSpoke #MeToo #TimesUp #LockHimUp,” wrote actor and accuser Lauren Sivan, Glamour reports.
Actor Rose McGowan took to Instagram to share a more lengthy message, says Glamour, one that detailed her pursuit of justice against Weinstein and her hope for survivors of similar mistreatment.
“I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein’s survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law,” she wrote. “Twenty years ago, I swore that I would right this wrong. Today we are one step closer to justice. We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity. I stand with my fellow survivors. May his arrest give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere that are telling their truths.”
One tweet from actor Emma de Cauenes, however, neatly summed up the day in only three words:
“Time for justice.”
A group of women has turned the #MeToo moment that started the movement into a major #WeConquered achievement.
According to Glamour, a group of mostly female investors have purchased The Weinstein Company for about $500 million, taking over the tumultuous company from disgraced Hollywood big-wig Harvey Weinstein. Deadline reports that “the group is led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, who worked in the Obama administration as the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration,” and is “expected to run the new board of directors, which will be composed of mostly women.”
Offering that a new company will be created along with a new vision that will include placing women in positions of authority, Glamour reports that Contreras-Sweet aims to foster female leadership on all levels, saying she has always aimed to “build a movie studio led by a board of directors made up of a majority of independent women, save about 150 jobs, protect the small businesses who are owed money and create a victims’ compensation fund that would supplement existing insurance coverage for those who have been harmed.”
Further describing the aim of her new company, Contreras-Sweet offers that the company will revolve around honesty and a respect for women:
“The cornerstone of our plan has been to launch a new company that represents the best practices in corporate governance and transparency,” she said, according to Glamour. “I have had a long-standing commitment to fostering women ownership in business. This potential deal is an important step to that end.”
Read more about the deal to acquire The Weinstein Company here.
The Glamour Women of the Year Awards celebrate some of the strongest and most inspiring women in the world today, and this year’s awards were no exception.
According to HuffPost, at the Nov. 13 ceremony, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, attorney Anita Hill, police officer Ann Cardenas and model Cameron Russell all took the stage of the King’s Theatre in Brooklyn, N.Y. to share their own #MeToo stories, stories of sexual assault and misconduct that have followed since news broke of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Hill told of her experience in 1991 testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee after alleging that Clarence Thomas, a U.S. Supreme Court justice, harassed her when she was his boss and was therefore unfit to serve on the high court, reports HuffPost.
“The outcome of my testimony was not what I’d hoped, but in no way was it the final word,” she said. “In the five years after I testified, sexual harassment complaints filed with the EEOC more than doubled. Legislation against harassment slowly but surely began to pass. And I saw that we had a chance to shift this narrative.”
Raisman also shared her story, says HuffPost, saying that she is one of many abused by Larry Nassar, a former U.S. Olympic and USA Gymnastics team doctor.
To prove that there is always another #MeToo story out there, HuffPost says Raisman and Cardenas asked audience members to (if they were comfortable doing so) stand if they personally or someone they know has experienced assault, harassment or abuse.
The outcome: “Not a single person was still seated,” according to HuffPost.
After accusations of sexual misconduct have surfaced against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, some are trying to distance themselves from the exposed film executive.
Take Kevin Smith, for example. According to HuffPost, the filmmaker — who earned his place in Hollywood after his low-budget Indie film “Clerks” was picked up by Weinstein in the 1990s — is donating the future residuals he earns from his Weinstein-linked films to Women in Film, an organization that “advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries.”
HuffPost reports that Smith tweeted his feelings before making the announcement on his podcast, Hollywood Babble-on, sharing that he was “‘ashamed’ to be profiting from his relationship with the producer while ‘others were in terrible pain.'”
On his podcast, HuffPost says the filmmaker expanded on his thought process this way:
“My entire career is tied up with the man,” he said. “It’s been a weird fucking week. I just wanted to make some fucking movies, that’s it. That’s why I came, that’s why I made ‘Clerks.’ And no fucking movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career, fuck it, take it. It’s wrapped up in something really fucking horrible.”
Explaining that he is not looking for sympathy, HuffPost says Smith went on to explain that he feels a sense of responsibility in building up the clout of Weinstein, offering that he often spoke of Weinstein as a “friend” and even a “hero” because he “changed [his] fucking life.”
While it is clear that Smith is still trying to come to terms with the situation, he is certainly trying his best to make up for the years of support he provided to Weinstein; in fact, HuffPost shared that Smith “pledged to donate $2,000 to Women in Film every month for the rest of his life” in addition to donating his residuals.
Broad City’s Ilana Glazer had enough of sexual harassment. So she did something that not many women have the chance to do.
According to HuffPost, the actor took to Instagram to post her own response to the #MeToo campaign, a social media movement that reawakened after many women came forward to share their stories of sexual harassment against famed producer Harvey Weinstein. In her post, Glazer detailed the numerous occasions in her life when she was subjected to sexual harassment, going back as early as her middle school days.
However, as she landed on her current stage in life, HuffPost says Glazer wrote that she fired staff for sexual harassment.
“i’ve fired a couple dudes — one background actor and one sound guy. i was asked ‘are you sure?'” she wrote. “hm 🤔 okay yeah lemme think a sec — YEAH I’M FUCKING SURE. cuz getting sexually harassed seems to be a constant, but having the opportunity to do something about it is rare.”
Way to go, Ilana!