On October 5, 2017 a New York Times report about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults rocked Hollywood. Ten days later, #MeToo moved Hollywood and the country to take action against sexual misconduct.
It’s hard to believe it was exactly one year ago today that #MeToo went viral, and a lot has happened. Sexual misconduct has been at the forefront of national news and Hot Topics. Below is a timeline of some of the biggest #MeToo moments.
October 15, 2017
Alyssa Milano resurfaced #MeToo on Twitter. It received nearly 25k retweets, over 50k likes, & 66k replies, including from star Viola Davis.
October 16, 2017
Evan Rachel Wood shares her #MeToo story.
October 18, 2017
Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney goes on Twitter to reveal the alleged sexual assault she endured from U.S.A. gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. It compelled more than 150 women to reveal their disturbingly similar stories, three of which were from girls under the age of 13.
October 29, 2017
Actor Anthony Rapp alleged to BuzzFeed that when he was 14 years old, 26 year old Kevin Spacey made sexual advances towards him. It compelled 8 men, five anonymous people, and one woman to come forward with sexual assault claims against Spacey.
November 9, 2017
Five women accuse comedian Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct in a New York Times report.
November 10, 2017
In a statement, Louis C.K. confesses that the accusations against him are true.
November 22, 2017
U.S.A. gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar plead guilty to seven counts of first degree sexual assault.
November 29, 2017
Today Show announces that lead anchor Matt Lauer is fired by NBC for sexual misconduct in the workplace.
December 7, 2017
Time magazine names the “silence breakers” AKA people who spoke out about the sexual misconducts they’re experienced, the 2017 Person of the Year.
December 11, 2017
Four women allege in an Eater report that they were sexually assaulted by celebrity chef Mario Batali.
December 12, 2017
Salma Hayek shares her essay titled “Harvey Weinstein is My Monster Too” in the New York Times. “Men sexually harassed because they could. Women are talking today because, in this new era, we finally can.”
January 1, 2018
In response to the #MeToo campaign, a group of 300 women in TV, film, and theatre release an open letter to The New York Times revealing the Time’s Up initiative, which includes a legal defense fund to aid sexual assault & harassment cases.
January 7, 2018
“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.”
The red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards sees a “blackout” as stars wear all black and Time’s Up pins to raise awareness for the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. After receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, Oprah used her platform to share a message.
January 20, 2018
“I am speaking today not just for the Me Too’s because, I was a Me Too, but when I raise my hand, I am aware of all the women who are still in silence. The women who are faceless. The women who don’t have the money and don’t have the constitution and who don’t have the confidence and who don’t have the images in our media that gives them a sense of self-worth enough to break their silence that’s rooted in the shame of assault. That’s rooted in the stigma of assault.”
Annual Women’s March took place. Erica Chenoweth from the University of Denver estimated that the Women’s March brought out nearly 4.2 million people in over 600 US cities, including Viola Davis, Jane Fonda, Lena Waithe, Mila Kunis, Adele, Drew Barrymore, and more. This made it one of the largest demonstrations in US history.
January 24, 2018
“I’ve just sentenced your death warrant. I find that you don’t get it, that you’re a danger. That you remain a danger.”
– Judge Rosemarie Aquilina
After U.S.A. gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar plead guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual assault, he was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison.
February 3, 2018
“As little girls we are conditioned to believe that cruelty and love somehow have a connection and that is like the sort of era that we need to evolve out of.”
Uma Thurman alleged to The New York Times that Harvey Weinstein forced himself on her in a hotel room during her time in London.
March 4, 2018
Harvey Weinstein accusers Salma Hayek, Annabella Sciorra, and Ashley Judd spoke about #MeToo, Time’s Up, & changes that should be made during the Oscars.
April 12, 2018
SAG-Aftra issues Guideline No. 1, which bans auditions in residences and hotel rooms.
April 27, 2018
After remaining silent for five months, Matt Lauer publicly denies sexual misconduct allegations. “I remained silent in an attempt to protect my family from further embarrassment and to restore a small degree of the privacy they have lost. But defending my family now requires me to speak up… However, I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive, or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false.”
May 25, 2018
Harvey Weinstein turns himself in for rape charges following Lucia Evans’ accusations. The New York Police Department confirmed in a statement that Weinstein was arrested and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women.
June 26, 2018
Thompson Reuters Foundation annual poll ranks America as 10th most dangerous country for women amid #MeToo movement. It’s the only western country to be categorized in the top 10 of the world’s most dangerous countries for women in 2018.
August 6, 2018
Several women accuse CBS CEO Les Moonves of sexual misconduct. He denied all allegations. As six more women make sexual assault and harassment claims against Moonves, he steps down as CEO of CBS on September 9, 2018.
September 25, 2018
Bill Cosby was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for sexual assault.
September 29, 2018
Kathryn Mayorga comes forward with claims that world famous soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo raped her in June, 2009. Mayorga’s lawyer Leslie Stovall said, “The MeToo movement and the women who have stood up and disclosed sexual assaults has given Kathryn a lot of courage.” #MeToo inspired her to break her NDA with Ronaldo & tell her story. “I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in,” Ronaldo says in a statement. “Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.”
October 11, 2018
A Manhattan district attorney drops a sexual assault charge made by Lucia Evans in Harvey Weinstein’s case. Evans was one of the first women to publicly come forward with sexual assault allegations against Weinstein.
October 15, 2018
One year after setting #MeToo into motion, Alyssa Milano shared a vulnerable video that she recorded a year ago for her daughter. She decided it was important to share it with the public.