Harvey Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison

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Harvey Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison

Harvey Weinstein faces prison time for two convictions. Jefferson Siegel-Pool/Getty Images

Harvey Weinstein faces prison time for two convictions. Jefferson Siegel-Pool/Getty Images

On Tuesday, the legal team for disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein admitted to being “nervous” ahead of their client’s official sentencing Wednesday morning. It turns out they had every right to be. Arrived to his New York sentencing hearing in a wheelchair and handcuffs, Manhattan Supreme Court judge James Burke gave Weinstein, 67, 23 years in prison, according to The Hollywood Reporter .

Prior to sentencing, judge Burke told Weinstein that he will be required to formally register as a sex offender. Weinstein’s legal team plans to appeal the decision.

On February 4, Weinstein was convicted on two of the five charges he was facing in his New York County sexual assault trial—criminal sexual assault in the first degree and rape in the third degree. On the criminal sexual assault conviction, he was facing between five and 25 years. For the third-degree rape conviction, he was facing 18 months to four years. Heading into Wednesday, Weinstein was going to be sentenced to between five years and 29 years in prison.

He was given 20 years in prison plus five years of supervised released for his first-degree criminal sexual act conviction. He was given three years on his third-degree rape conviction.

Former Westchester County prosecutor Lisa A. Linsky, now a trial partner at McDermott Will & Emery, believes this sentence sends several messages.“First, Weinstein will effectively serve a life sentence,” she told Observer. Weinstein […]

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