Harvey Weinstein accusers attend Pulitzer awards ceremony

NEW YORK (AP) — With two of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers watching from the audience, journalists whose work led to the Hollywood mogul’s downfall and arrest received their Pulitzer Prize awards on Wednesday at an event honoring them and the other winners.

The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine received the gold medal for public service for reporting on decades of sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein.

The stories by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The Times and Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker were a catalyst for a reckoning on powerful men and the way some have been accused of misusing that power that has since spread as the #MeToo movement.

Joining the luncheon at Columbia University in support of the journalistic work were Rosanna Arquette and Annabella Sciorra. The actresses are among those who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, allegations he denies.

Farrow was also joined by his mother, actress Mia Farrow, who told The Associated Press before the event, “This is one of the proudest days of my life.” Speaking of her son, who has gone on to report on other cases of sexual misconduct, Farrow said, “What he’s all about is trying to make the good differences.”

The Pulitzer Prizes are given out annually to recognize excellence in journalism, literary arts and music. They are administered by Columbia University.

The award for music caused surprise this year, when the judges took a large step away from years of tradition that saw classical and jazz artists winning the prize to bestow it on rapper-songwriter Kendrick Lamar for his album “DAMN.”

The Grammy Award-winning artist joined the luncheon to receive his award, and both his category and the public service category received thunderous standing ovations from the crowd when they were recognized.