Where the #MeToo movement stands, 5 years after Weinstein allegations came to light

by | Oct 28, 2022 | Top Stories

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It’s been five years since The New York Times first launched stories spotlighting years of abuse and harassment by movie producer, Harvey Weinstein. The stories helped make the #MeToo movement go viral around the world.

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It was five years ago this month that the very first article by journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the story of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual misconduct. Later that month, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” This post, referencing the #MeToo Movement created by Tarana Burke years earlier, went viral. So, too, did the allegations against Weinstein. Dozens of women stepped forward to publicly share the extent of the powerful producer’s bad acts. Actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan’s initial allegations were later followed by Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o and many others speaking publicly about Weinstein’s harassment or assault. As with Weinstein, many formerly powerful men have similarly been accused of sexual assault and harassment in the years since #MeToo went global. But more broadly, the movement also helped launch a wider examination of society’s treatment of women in everyday life, at the workplace and in Hollywood. “I would say the chips are still falling on the Weinstein case. Of course, we have what we now call the ‘Weinstein Effect,’ which has instituted a formal conversation around equality more generally,” said Chris Yogerst, a film and media historian. “There are more efforts made to elevate female voices, especially in situations where equality is at stake.”

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A photo of TV producer Eric Weinberg is displayed before a news conference to announce sexual assault charges against Weinberg earlier this year.

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The #MeToo Movement was created by Burke in 2006 as a way to empower people who had been sexually assaulted and harassed. Kimberly Hamlin, a …

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