Reaction to Bill Cosby’s conviction on charges he drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era:
“Cosby is guilty. I’m sorry if you loved a lie. His victims can now exhale. Thank you judge and jury. Thank you society for waking up.” — Harvey Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan, via Twitter.
“Omg. This made me cry. ” — #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, on seeing video of women running from the courtroom weeping and embracing, via Twitter.
“I hope Cosby’s victims feel there was some justice done today. What he did was unforgivable. I wonder if he will show any remorse at sentencing and if his other victims will get a chance to speak.” — Judd Apatow.
“Unbelievably amazing news!!!!!” — Weinstein accuser Mira Sorvino, via Twitter.
“ACCOUNTABILITY. This is the only way things will change.” — Terry Crews, via Twitter.
“Justice has been done! We are so happy that finally we can say women are believed.” —Attorney Gloria Allred, who represented some of Cosby’s accusers, outside court.
“Just because you’re rich and powerful doesn’t mean another person’s body is automatically available for sex. Consent must be given. #BillCosby” — Jessica Chastain, via Twitter.
“With Bill Cosby’s guilty verdict I hope these women find some peace and that all those who have not been able to find justice in other instances with other men have hope that they too will be heard.” — Susan Sarandon, via Twitter.
“This made me burst into tears.” — Weinstein accuser Annabella Sciorra, on watching women exit courtroom in tears, via Twitter.
“The state of America is this — Even with dozens of accusers we were all afraid Bill Cosby would walk.” — Patricia Arquette, via Twitter.
“Finally some justice for Bill Cosby’s victims. May they find a little #peace today. #GUILTY” — Elizabeth Banks, via Twitter.
“To the survivors of his abuse, and to all survivors — whether you receive justice swiftly or many years down the road, know that we see you, we hear you, and we believe you. You matter and what happened to you matters.” — Mariska Hargitay, via Twitter.
“JUSTICE! FINALLY! #Times Up.” — Debra Messing, via Twitter.