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Stars react as Derek Chauvin is found guilty on ALL three charges in death of George Floyd


Celebrities flooded social media on Tuesday as they reacted to the news of Derek Chauvin being found guilty on all three charges of murder and manslaughter in death of George Floyd

Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington, Chris Evans and Mariah Carey were just some of the stars who were first to share their thoughts on Twitter, seconds after the jury in Minneapolis returned its verdict following just 10 and a half hours of deliberation.

Scandal actress Washington, 44, tweeted: ‘A guilty #verdict. But this fight for justice is not over. We have a lot of work to do. There is more fight ahead of us. But RIGHT NOW please take CARE of yourself. And let’s take care of each other. Prayers and love to the family of #GeorgeFloyd.’ 

The View host Goldberg, 65, told her followers: ‘Guilty Guilty Guilty… No one wins.. George Floyd is still gone.. and finally someone was responsible… Derek Chauvin.’ Goldberg’s Republican co-host Meghan McCain simply tweeted: ‘May justice heal our nation.’

Stars react: Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington and more stars react as Derek Chauvin is found guilty on ALL three charges of murder and manslaughter in death of George Floyd

Stars react: Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington and more stars react as Derek Chauvin is found guilty on ALL three charges of murder and manslaughter in death of George Floyd

Reaction: Zendaya took to Instagram to share this image of the late George Floyd in response to Tuesday's verdict

Viola Davis wrote: 'GUILTY!!!! As it should!! Now....rest in peace George Floyd. Rest. You and your family have been vindicated.'

Reaction: Actors Zendaya (left) and Viola Davis (right) took to Instagram to share images of the late George Floyd in response to Tuesday’s verdict 

Chauvin, 45, has been found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, and now faces 75 years in prison. 

As the verdict was read out Chauvin looked on silently in the Hennepin County courtroom where jurors spent three weeks listening to testimony about the day Floyd died under the weight of the 45-year-old cop’s knee during an arrest on May 25, 2020.

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Cheers rose from the crowds that had gathered outside the courthouse and down at the intersection of 38th and Chicago now known as George Floyd Square. 

Thankful: Oprah Winfrey took to Instagram with an older picture of Floyd donning a tuxedo, expressing her relief after the verdict was read

Thankful: Oprah Winfrey took to Instagram with an older picture of Floyd donning a tuxedo, expressing her relief after the verdict was read 

Emotional: Grammy winner Lizzo took to her Instagram account as she held back tears saying she had 'nothing to say but everything to feel'

Emotional: Grammy winner Lizzo took to her Instagram account as she held back tears saying she had ‘nothing to say but everything to feel’ 

Following celebrity reactions, Barack Obama tweeted: ‘Today, a jury did the right thing. But true justice requires much more. Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, and we stand with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied.’

Oprah Winfrey took to Instagram with an older picture of Floyd donning a tuxedo, expressing her relief after the verdict was read.

‘Relieved – and emotional in ways I didn’t expect,’ she said. ‘I cried tears of joy as each verdict was read. I’m grateful to the witnesses and their testimonies. Grateful to every Juror for seeing and acknowledging what the world saw on that tape. Thank you God for real!’

Meanwhile, Oscar-winner Viola Davis lead reactions on Instagram who posted a painting of Floyd with the caption: ‘GUILTY!!!! As it should!! Now….rest in peace George Floyd. Rest. You and your family have been vindicated.’ 

In an emotional video posted to Instagram, Grammy winner Lizzo spoke directly to her 10.2million followers, while holding back her tears. 

Response: Stars including Ellen DeGeneres, Mariah Carey and Ciara tweeted just seconds after the verdict was read out

Response: Stars including Ellen DeGeneres, Mariah Carey and Ciara tweeted just seconds after the verdict was read out 

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Activism: Scandal star Kerry Washington also shared this call to action on her Instagram page as well as reacting on Twitter. Amy Schumer posted the same infographic

Activism: Scandal star Kerry Washington also shared this call to action on her Instagram page as well as reacting on Twitter. Amy Schumer posted the same infographic 

She captioned the post: ‘Thank you to all the organizations dedicated to the protest and protection of black people. Twin cities you have been through so much. Nothing to say here but I love you. Rest in power George Floyd.’ 

Kerry Washington also took to her Instagram page to share a graphic that read ‘We have a verdict. Now what?’ which contained a call to action for her followers, urging them to help pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. 

Mariah Carey also shared the same graphic, adding to her Instagram Stories: ‘Thank you because we need this. Sending love and prayers to the Floyd family. This is a day that will never be forgotten.. Believing something good will come out of this tragedy.. it’s a start. Praise the Lord!’ 

Speaking out: Sharon Stone said 'thank you for justice' in her Instagram post

Political: Rapper Megan Thee Stallion posted her thoughts to Instagram

Speaking out: Sharon Stone (left) and Megan Thee Stallion (right) shared their reactions to the verdict on Instagram 

Big moment: Kelly Rowland shared a shot of her TV screen as she watched CNN coverage of the trial, writing, 'And justice is served!'

Big moment: Kelly Rowland shared a shot of her TV screen as she watched CNN coverage of the trial, writing, ‘And justice is served!’

Reaction: Model Gigi Hadid posted a pair of exclamation points in reaction to news of the verdict

Reaction: Model Gigi Hadid posted a pair of exclamation points in reaction to news of the verdict 

Not mincing words: Bethenny Frankel posted a shot of the word 'Guilty'

Not mincing words: Bethenny Frankel posted a shot of the word ‘Guilty’

Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx posted his reaction to the verdict, which he called a ‘bittersweet moment’ in a response on Instagram. 

‘I am happy and relieved that the person that did this horrendous thing to you and your family was found guilty,’ Foxx began his post. ‘The bitter is that we cannot bring you back… The bitter is all of the lives that were affected by what happened to you… all the tears that have been shed… and hearts broken…’

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He continued: ‘But through prayer and faithful people… Today with the announcement of this Verdict gives us some type of hope… hope that we can start righting the wrongs that have been in place for years in this country… rest in power George… And know that your words resonated around the whole world…’

Justice: Zoe Kravitz joined celebrities flooding social media on Tuesday as they reacted to the news of Derek Chauvin being found guilty in the death of George Floyd

Justice: Zoe Kravitz joined celebrities flooding social media on Tuesday as they reacted to the news of Derek Chauvin being found guilty in the death of George Floyd

Satisfied: Director Ava DuVernay posted a fist emoji with the number three, representing each count Chauvin was found guilty on

Satisfied: Director Ava DuVernay posted a fist emoji with the number three, representing each count Chauvin was found guilty on

Beloved: Actress Olivia Munn shared a shot of the late Floyd with his child, writing, 'Rest in love'

Beloved: Actress Olivia Munn shared a shot of the late Floyd with his child, writing, ‘Rest in love’

Simple: Zendaya reposted a tweet assessing the final verdict from writer George M. Johnson

Simple: Zendaya reposted a tweet assessing the final verdict from writer George M. Johnson

A transcript last year revealed Floyd’s last moments, whereby he was said to have called out: ‘Momma, I love you. Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead’

Foxx finished his response by referencing Floyd’s heartbreaking words, concluding: ‘You asking for your mother… You asking for just a bit of air… You asked for dignity…. Today we took a small step towards honoring you and the thousands like u who had Their lives taken senselessly… god bless u and ur family. And god bless us all.’ 

Captain America actor Chris Evans also tweeted: ‘Justice. Sending love to George Floyd’s family and friends.’ 



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