In a little over 2 years Harvey Weinstein, arguably the one individual around whom the viral take up of the hashtag #metoo coalesced, turned from being one of the most powerful people in media to a convicted sex offender.
Some of the details of the case are shocking and many would argue that we are still a very long way from gender parity in the workplace but it is clear - on the day that Harvey Weinstein has been brought to justice - that the world has changed since October 2017.
Weinstein's fall from grace is now complete, toppled from the pinnacle of independent cinema where he helmed films such as Pulp Fiction and Shakespeare in Love, amassing a 81 Oscars. The glamorous lifestyle he once enjoyed will soon be replaced by a New York state prison cell. The conviction marks the final comeuppance for a towering figure who wielded his power in the movie industry – as well as his commanding physical presence – over vulnerable young women seeking his help. Judge James Burke cautioned the jury not to see the case as a referendum on #MeToo. However, Weinstein’s conviction is certain to have far-reaching consequences for gender relations in the workplace, in Hollywood and far beyond. The world of powerful men who deploy their seniority as tools of sexual control is much less secure in its wake.