How MeToo monster Harvey Weinstein was finally taken down

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How MeToo monster Harvey Weinstein was finally taken down

Like a plot from one of his films, the sleazy producer’s humiliating fall is the case that defined an era

Harriet Alexander

Harvey Weinstein’s final scene was wretched. Pale, hunched and dishevelled, the 67-year-old Hollywood producer was a far cry from the man who once inspired such awe and admiration.

He was led out of court in handcuffs, emotionless, after a jury of seven men and five women had found him guilty of rape and sexual assault at the end of the defining trial of the MeToo era.

The seeds of Weinstein’s downfall were sown in 2017, when reporters from The New York Times and The New Yorker published bombshell stories that he was a serial abuser of women. Next, thousands of women came forward with their own accounts of abuse at the hands of other powerful men, using the hashtag MeToo. Business titans fell, politicians resigned and media executives were forced out of their jobs. By May 2018 Weinstein himself had been arrested, and was led, handcuffed, from a Tribeca police station into court...

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