Harvey Weinstein’s Sentence Is Coming. His Lawyers Are Nervous.

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images

On February 24, Harvey Weinstein was found guilty on two of the five potential criminal charges he faced in his New York County sexual assault trial. This included a conviction on criminal sexual assault in the first degree and rape in the third degree. As a result, the 67-year-old former Hollywood mogul faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of 29 years in prison.

On Wednesday, Manhattan Supreme Court judge James Burke will announce his sentencing. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter , Weinstein’s New York-based lawyer, Arthur Aidala, admitted that the legal team is not “optimistic.” “I am nervous about it,” he said.

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Unsurprisingly, the prosecution urged for a significant sentence in a letter to Judge Burke, citing “abusive behavior” in the workplace that stretched back several decades. Weinstein’s legal team, meanwhile, is calling for a five-year prison sentence in their own letter to the judge.

“His life story, his accomplishments, and struggles are simply remarkable and should not be disregarded in total because of the jury’s verdict. … Mr. Weinstein has tried in his life’s work, through charitable endeavors, to even the odds for people who were not always afforded equal opportunities.”Criminal sexual assault in the first degree carries a minimum sentence of four years and a maximum of 25 while third-degree rape carries a four-year sentence. The judge […]

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