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"The Rapist is You:” Protesters Chant Outside of Harvey Weinstein’s Trial

About 100 women dressed in black sang “The rapist is you” outside of Weinstein’s criminal trial in New York City.

A flash mob of about 100 women protested and chanted “The rapist is you” outside of Harvey Weinstein's criminal trial on Friday. 

The group of women dressed in black gathered outside of the New York City courthouse where Weinstein is being tried for rape and sexual assault charges. They performed in unison, singing “And it wasn’t my fault, not where I was, nor how I dressed… And the rapist was you.”

The group chanted an anti-rape anthem that was inspired by a Chilean feminist collective called Lasteis. They had performed “Un Violador en Tu Camino,” or “A Rapist in Your Path,” outside of Chile’s Supreme Court building on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in 2019. 

The choreographed protest has since spread outside of Chile to Mexico City, Bogotá, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Paris, and now, to New York City. 

The women in New York also took their performance to a subway car and outside of Trump Tower chanting, “It’s the cops. It’s the judges. It’s the system. It’s the president. This oppressive state is a macho rapist.”

Since a New York Times investigation was published in October 2017, more than 80 women have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and/or rape. The Cut estimates that number to be more than 100 women. 

Jodi Kantor, one of the New York Times journalists who helped break the story, posted video of the flash mob on Twitter and wrote: “The message, in English and Spanish: the problem of sexual violence is global, and it’s systemic.” 

In 2018, Weinstein pleaded not guilty in the criminal case, which is based on the accounts of two women. 

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