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Finally Getting to Label Harvey Weinstein a “Convicted Rapist”? *Chef’s Kiss*

Harvey Weinstein leaves court as someone holds his arm.

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**This article contains mentions of rape as pertaining to the Harvey Weinstein case.**

For years, since the dawning of the Harvey Weinstein case, journalists had to constantly make sure that Weinstein’s actions were spoken of in the “alleged” sense, since he had not gone to court yet, and a verdict had not been handed down. So, no matter anyone’s personal feelings about the case, it had to be done, for legal reasons.

But yesterday, as the verdict came in on Weinstein’s New York case, and he was convicted of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree, a great realization hit many of us: We don’t have to say “alleged” anymore. He was convicted of rape.

To be quite honest, it’s the simple things in life—like getting to call a rapist a rapist. Twitter flocked to tweet out into the world that we have official legal grounds to label the man whose downfall set off the Me Too era exactly what he is.

While the excitement over Weinstein going to Rikers because he was convicted of rape raged on Twitter, Weinstein himself went to Bellevue instead, because he had heart palpitations and high blood pressure—things I’m sure had absolutely nothing to do with him going to jail.

Getting to write convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein for the rest of time? Delightful. Incredible. I never want to see someone put “disgraced producer” instead of “convinced rapist” ever again.

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