The journalists who broke the Harvey Weinstein story
On Monday, a New York jury found Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein guilty of rape. Get to know the journalists whose stories broke the Harvey Weinstein story.
In 2017, two New York Times journalists and a New Yorker journalist published a series of stories that brought to light the initial allegations of abuse and sexual harassment by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Stories by Meghan Twohey and Jodi Kantor at the Times and Ronan Farrow at the New Yorker, helped launch the #MeToo movement and redefined the way the public looked at sexual harassment in the workplace.
On Tuesday, after a long trial, Weinstein was found guilty of two charges: felony sex crime and third-degree rape.
Jodi Kantor took to Twitter to share her views on the verdict saying, “Weinstein, whose signature throughout forty years of allegations was lack of accountability, has been declared guilty on two counts.”
"I'm Harvey Weinstein-- you know what I can do."— jodikantor (@jodikantor) February 24, 2020
Weinstein, whose signature throughout forty years of allegations was lack of accountability, has been declared guilty on two counts.
It wasn’t easy for the journalists to take on someone as powerful as Harvey Weinstein.
When the trio won a shared Pulitzer for their journalistic work in 2018, New Yorker journalist Ronan Farrow wrote on Twitter, "Grateful for every brave source, for Jodi and Megan, and for a tireless NewYorker team that stood by this story when others tried to bury it. This moment gets called a reckoning, but we just started telling the truth about old abuses of power. Thanks to all who keep doing so."
Today’s outcome in Harvey Weinstein’s New York trial is the result of the decisions of multiple women to come forward to journalists and to prosecutors at great personal cost and risk. Please keep those women in your thoughts today.— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) February 24, 2020
Soon after the Weinstein allegations, women began to post their personal stories of sexual harassment online. Many more powerful men in Hollywood, media, business, and politics faced accusations of harassment.
In India, the movement shook the media industry; men like Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl, M.J. Akbar, Suhel Seth, Jatin Das, Kiran Nagarkar, and Lyricist Vairamthu were named and shamed when the #MeToo movement swept across India.
As we recognise that justice has finally been served in the Weinstein case, it is important to acknowledge the stellar work of Kantor, Twohey, and Farrow - and the women who bravely went public with their stories.