CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield on Monday read an entire letter written by the woman who was raped by former Stanford student Brock Turner live on air Monday — taking up an entire three segments of the show.
The letter was first posted by BuzzFeed News on Friday and has since been read and shared by millions — including public figures and celebrities such as Brie Larson and Kate Nash.
Turner, 20, was convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to six months in county jail — an exception to California's mandatory minimum of two years in state prison.
The judge said the leniency was because a longer stay in prison would have a "severe impact" on Turner, who had repeatedly been praised as a champion swimmer and aspiring Olympian during the trial.
Banfield's reading lasted for more than half of her hourlong show and drew reactions of praise and astonishment from viewers.