Mariska Hargitay addresses Harvey Weinstein’s overturned conviction in powerful speech about the power of women’s voices

By Alli Rosenbloom

On Thursday, Hargitay accepted an honor at Variety’s Power of Women event in New York for her work as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, and took a moment during her speech to acknowledge “the reason” why she felt Weinstein’s conviction was overturned.

She continued, “Too many women speaking brings change. Too many women speaking shakes the establishment. Too many women means we get listened to more, people might actually hear what we have to say.”

“The backlash,” she said, “is evidence of how powerful those voices were. How powerful those voices are.”

Last week, the New York Court of Appeals overturned Weinstein’s 2020 conviction of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

The former film producer has maintained his innocence and denied any non-consensual sexual activity.

In its ruling, the court said the testimony of “prior bad acts” witnesses should not have been allowed because it “was unnecessary to establish defendant’s intent and served only to establish defendant’s propensity to commit the crimes charged.”

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