Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for sex crimes in a landmark #MeToo case that ended with six of his accusers sobbing and hugging each other in court and his fiery defense attorney slamming the trial as ‘obscene’.
The disgraced Hollywood producer was sentenced on Wednesday in Manhattan criminal court following his sexual assault and rape convictions last month.
Weinstein was sentenced to 20 years on the criminal sex act charge for forcibly performing oral sex on production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006. He was sentenced to three years for third degree rape for the attack on Jessica Mann in 2013.
Judge James Burke, who oversaw his trial, ordered Weinstein to serve the sentences consecutively and sentenced him to five years post release supervision for each charge.
The 67-year-old will not be eligible for parole for 20 years and will now be taken to the maximum security Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill, New York.
Weinstein, who maintained a blank face throughout and did not visibly react, was wheeled out of the courtroom as soon as the sentence was handed down as his accusers sobbed and hugged each other.
Just moments earlier, Weinstein broke his courtroom silence with a rambling statement in which he said he felt ‘remorse for this situation’ but said he was perplexed by the case and the #MeToo climate in which it unfolded.He did not apologize to his victims but did apologize to his two ex-wives for the number of affairs he had. Harvey Weinstein, 67, was pictured […]