Harvey Weinstein Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison

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Published 11.03.20

Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.

On 24 February, the 67-year-old was found guilty of criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree, and faced a maximum sentence 29 years in prison.

And today, Judge James Burke handed down a sentence of 23 years, in a hearing at the Manhattan Criminal Court.

Weinstein arrived at court in a wheelchair, with prosecutors saying that he committed a “lifetime of abuse towards others” as well as the crimes for which he has been convicted.

During the hearing, one of Weinstein’s accusers, Mimi Haleyi, offered a witness impact statement.

She said: “The past couple of years have been excruciatingly stressful. I’ve lived in fear and paranoia on a daily basis. In fear of retaliation.”

Adding: “At the time all this (the sexual abuse) happened, I thought I was alone in this. I had no idea there were others.”

“I believe that if Harvey Weinstein was not convicted by this jury, it would happen again and again and again.”

Lead prosecutor Joan Illuzzi told the court that had it not been for women coming forward, he “would never have been stopped from hurting more lives”.

Describing the movie mogul as a “sex addict and an anger addict” who “got drunk on power”, she said his trial had shown “a few survivors of his wrath but there were many more”.

Weinstein’s lawyers had previously asked Judge Burke to give Weinstein a sentence of five years, arguing he deserved mercy for his already ‘historic fall from grace’ and serious health issues.

According to Variety, a seven-page memo was put forth by Weinstein’s defense as they cited his charitable contributions, while also claiming the harsh public backlash should be taken into account.

‘Mr. Weinstein cannot walk outside without being heckled, he has lost his means to earn a living, simply put, his fall from grace has been historic, perhaps unmatched in the age of social media,’ the attorneys wrote.

‘Deserved or not, this is certainly a unique and extremely severe consequence that Mr. Weinstein had to endure, and in the age of social media and given his fame, virtually unrivaled when compared to any other defendant in the state of New York if not nationally.’

The ruling comes two weeks after the movie mogul was convicted of rape in the third degree and criminal sexual act in the first degree.

He pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, but was found to be guilty of two.

However, he was found not guilty of the most serious charges against him, two counts of predatory sexual assault.

More than 100 women, including famous actresses, have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct stretching back decades, fuelling the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse and harassment.

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