In October 2017, Harvey Weinstein was one of the first sexual abusers exposed by the #MeToo movement. The disgraced media mogul was finally arrested in May. 2018, and today, December 20th, his case went to criminal court. But Weinstein wasn’t the only one at his hearing. Several Time’s Up advocates, including actress and activist Amber Tamblyn, showed up to watch Judge James Burke rule not to dismiss the charges against Weinstein. This means that the case will officially proceed to trial. Burke also ordered a pre-trial hearing in the case, set for March 7th.
After Burke issued his ruling, Tamblyn tweeted a picture of herself and a group of other advocates outside the courthouse. The gathered women included actresses Marisa Tomei and Kathy Najimy, as well as Time’s Up president Lisa Borders, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Time’s Up issued a statement about the hearing’s outcome as well.
According to ABC News, Weinstein has been charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, two counts of rape, and one charge of a first-degree criminal sexual act. Although dozens of women have made allegations against him, the criminal case is based on just two claims, one from 2006 and one from 2013.
Weinstein’s defense attorney, Benjamin Brafman, told ABC News that he supports the #MeToo movement but argued that it had pushed “an indictment that is deeply flawed” in this case. Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents many of Weinstein’s accusers, argued that this wasn’t true.
This latest development is a small step forward in what will likely be a long—and highly necessary—legal process. We’ll be following this case as it unfolds.