Author: Maggie Vespa
After five days of deliberation, the jury’s verdict in the criminal trial of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein traveled from coast to coast in an instant.
Alexxis M. Robinson-Woods was sitting in a meeting when she heard the news.
“My boss came in and knocked on the door, and then of course I started getting text messages and emails saying ‘Hey, did you see what happened?’” she said in an interview with KGW Monday.
Robinson-Woods is the program and services director for Bradley Angle, a Portland-based nonprofit that serves survivors of all kinds of violence and abuse, including sexual.
She called Monday’s verdict “a start.”
“I think it’s a start to saying that this is not OK. Regardless of how much power you have, how much money you have or the color of your skin for that matter, we’re coming into this [moment] where Bill Cosby [who was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in 2018] just ended up with the stuff that he dealt with. Now here it is, Harvey Weinstein is now being convicted of similar things,” she said.
“Now the power is no longer an issue. The color of their skin is no longer an issue. I think this will catapult things to start moving forward or, at the very least, might get some people to stop and think before they act.”
You can read KGW8’s full article here.