Former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was arrested in New York with charges of sexual assault and rape of two women – the first time that the powerful film producer was hit with charges ever since the inception of the massive #MeToo movement since October 2017. The arrest is certainly the highest point of this high-profile case so far, but it is not the pinnacle of the movement.
On October 5, 2017, The New York Times published a detailed story of allegations of sexual harassment that were made by two Hollywood actresses Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd on the film industry’s strongest and most powerful film producer Harvey Weinstein. That was then, and these allegations caught up attention of the entire film industry, with more than 75 women speaking out about their stories of sexual abuse done by Weinstein on them over years. Some of the accusers included known actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne, Salma Hayek and Lupita N’yongo.
Continuous news about high-profile allegations triggered the social media outrage and protests that have since spread far beyond Hollywood and managed to unravel Weinstein’s predatory past which outlined serious misconduct towards women. The #MeToo movement inspired millions of women beyond Hollywood fraternity and beyond America, to speak up and bring light to misconduct towards them at their workplaces. With serious allegations, Weinstein was fired from the Weinstein Company and expelled by the Academy Awards last year, yet he had been consistently denying all the charges levelled against him since October last year.
After months of protests and investigation, Weinstein was finally hit with charges of sexual abuse and rape of two different women, when he turned himself in to Manhattan police early on Friday. Currently, Weinstein was freed on bail at $1 million cash and will be monitored by a fitted GPS monitoring device. The arrest of a strong, rich and powerful man for his wrongdoing sets an example that authorities are active against crime of any form. Weinstein’s arrest is perhaps the highest point of the entire case and the #MeToo movement so far, but the fight must go on until every industry across the world is free from megalomania and misogyny that is perpetuated by men who getting are too comfortable with their powerful positions and think they can get away with anything, because they cannot.