NEW YORK – 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.

The actresses are among those who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, allegations he denies.

The Pulitzer Prizes are given out annually to recognize excellence in journalism, literary arts and music.

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.