Harvey Weinstein is no longer an “alleged rapist” — he is now a convicted rapist.
Tuesday in New York, the disgraced film producer was found guilty of third-degree rape against former aspiring actress Jessica Mann, and one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree against former “Project Runway” production assistant Mimi Haley.
The 67-year-old is scheduled to be sentenced on March 11, and faces 5 to 25 years in prison.
On Tuesday’s live episode of “The Real,” hosts Jeannie Mai, Amanda Seales, Loni Love, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Adrienne Houghton discussed the impact of Weinstein’s conviction.
Seales questioned the legal jargon surrounding Harvey’s sexual assault charges, as he was found not guilty on two counts of predatory sexual assault and one count of first-degree rape against Mann.
“I think these degrees of rape are always — I’m going to use the word ‘fascinating,’ but that’s very generous,” the “Insecure” actress exclaimed. “This idea, like, ‘Well, it wasn’t premeditated,’ or, ‘It just kind of happened.’ I think at the end of the day, you were violated. Period. End of story. Whether someone planned it or didn’t, you still have to carry on with that.”
Mowry-Housley praised the brave women who testified in court, including Annabella Sciorra, Dawn Dunning, Tarale Wulff and Lauren Young.
“And I have to give props to the women who actually testified. I just wanted to say their names because you have to imagine what they were going through,” the “Sister, Sister” alum noted. “They had to relive those moments because they have to tell all the details in front of the [court.]”
From the controversy, Love hopes Weinstein’s case will inspire legislation protecting individuals against abuse from people in power.
“It was important to fight these types of cases. You wonder why this is important — because we have to put policies in place to protect all people, but especially women, especially in the workplace,” the comic said. “This is why this is a big deal.”
Though Weinstein was supposed to be transferred to Rikers Island, he complained of chest pains and was instead taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.
The co-founder of The Weinstein Company has steadfastly maintained that all of his sexual encounters have been consensual.