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Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courthouse during his rape trial, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in New York. Photo: John Minchillo/AP Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courthouse during his rape trial, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in New York. Photo: John Minchillo/AP

Dominating the headlines prior to COVID-19 hijacking our lives was the highly-covered, high-stakes trial of Harvey Weinstein in New York County Criminal Court. On March 11, 2020, the sentence was handed down of 23 years in prison for Weinstein’s rape of actress Jessica Mann and sexual assault of former production assistant Miriam Haley, after six women testified in a three month trial followed around the world. Jan Ransom, Harvey Weinstein’s Stunning Downfall: 23 Years in Prison, The New York Times, March 11, 2020. The moment was a stunning vindication of truth to power. Weinstein continues to face trial in California on additional charges of sexual assault where, if convicted, he would face additional severe penalties including a possible life sentence. Molly Crane-Newman and Larry McShane, Federal judge swiftly rejects $18.9 million class-action settlement for Weinstein victims negotiated by N.Y. attorney general, The New York Daily News, July 14, 2020.

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