Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse case

In October 2017, The New York Times and The New Yorker reported  

That dozens of women had accused film producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse over a period of at least 30 years. 

Over 80 women in the film industry eventually accused Weinstein of such acts. 

Criminal investigations into complaints from at least six women took place in Los Angeles, New York City, and London. 

In May 2018, Weinstein was arrested in New York and charged with rape and other offenses. 

In February 2020, he was found guilty of rape in the third degree and a criminal sexual act. 

In March 2020, he was sentenced to 23 years of imprisonment.

The scandal triggered many similar allegations against powerful men around the world, and led to the ousting of many of them from their positions. 

It also led a great number of women to share their own experiences of sexual assault, harassment, or rape on social media under the hashtag #MeToo 

The scandal's impact on powerful men in various industries came to be called the Weinstein effect.