Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers are calling for a five year jail term, much lower than the potential 29-year jail term Harvey Weinstein ‘s lawyers have argued he deserves mercy for his already “historic fall from grace” as prosecutors seek severe punishment for the disgraced movie mogul.
In a letter filed ahead of Weinstein’s sentencing on Wednesday for his New York City rape conviction, his defence team asked Judge James Burke to give him five years behind bars, far lower than the potential 29-year maximum term.
It describes Weinstein as a man who was once admired for funding charitable causes during his rise to becoming one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers.
But he now “cannot walk outside without being heckled” and has serious health issues which should be taken into consideration during his sentencing, his lawyers said.
“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 letter says.
It continues to say that, even if the 67-year-old defendant is given a lesser term, “the grave reality is that Mr Weinstein may not even outlive that term” making it “a de facto life sentence.”
Weinstein has used a walking frame in court appearances from the start of the trial, raising questions about his health.After his February 24 conviction, he was sent to Bellevue Hospital for more than a week amid concerns about high blood pressure and heart palpitations . Last week, he was transferred to a jail infirmary.Weinstein’s lawyers […]