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Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in jail on rape, prison intercourse act convictions

Harvey Weinstein, 67, was sentenced in New York Metropolis on Wednesday to 23 years in jail for third-degree rape and a prison intercourse act as he maintained he merely had consensual “extramarital affairs” with the victims.

Weinstein was convicted on two counts final month: prison intercourse act for the 2006 assault of a manufacturing assistant and rape within the third diploma for the 2013 assault on one other girl. On the prison intercourse act depend, he confronted a minimum of five years in prison and a most of 25 years, whereas the third-degree rape depend carried a most penalty of 4 years in jail.

Weinstein, who arrived in courtroom on Wednesday in a wheelchair, addressed the choose although he had opted out of testifying on his personal behalf throughout his trial.

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“Thousands of men are losing due process. I’m worried about this country,” the disgraced Hollywood mogul mentioned after two of his accusers confronted him in courtroom.

He additionally mentioned he had fond reminiscences of his accusers. Trying again throughout the trial at emails they exchanged, he mentioned, he thought they’d an excellent friendship: “I’m not going to say these aren’t great people. I had wonderful times with these people. I’m just genuinely confused. Men are confused about this issue.”

Each victims, Miriam Haleyi and Jessica Mann, learn influence statements forward of the sentencing. The 4 different ladies who testified in opposition to him, together with “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra, sat side-by-side within the courtroom viewers however weren’t permitted to talk on the sentencing below state regulation.

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“I might solely hope no matter sentence, [it’s] lengthy sufficient for him to acknowledge for what he has achieved to me and others,” Haleyi shared as she broke into tears recalling to Choose James Burke that the 2006 assault scarred her deeply, made her rethink her profession within the leisure enterprise and left her feeling paranoid and afraid of retaliation.

“I believe that if Harvey Weinstein was not convicted by this jury, it would happen again and again and again,” Haleyi mentioned, including, “Rape is not just one moment of penetration. It is forever.”

Jessica Mann read her victim statement at Harvey Weintein's sentencing on Wednesday.

Jessica Mann learn her sufferer assertion at Harvey Weintein’s sentencing on Wednesday.
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On Feb. 24., Weinstein was acquitted of first-degree rape and two counts of predatory sexual assault stemming from actress Sciorra’s allegations of a mid-1990s rape. Weinstein maintains his innocence and contends that any sexual exercise was consensual.

New York State Supreme Court docket Justice James Burke was the individual solely chargeable for figuring out how lengthy the previous Hollywood titan would spend in jail for his crimes in New York.

Harvey Weinstein will appear in a New York City court once again to face sentencing.

Harvey Weinstein will seem in a New York Metropolis courtroom as soon as once more to face sentencing.
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The New York case was the primary prison matter in opposition to Weinstein to come up from accusations of greater than 90 ladies, together with actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek and Uma Thurman. A lot of Weinstein’s accusers say he used his Hollywood status to befriend them, dangling film roles to achieve their belief.

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Newly unsealed paperwork present the 67-year-old former movie producer sought assist from billionaires Jeff Bezos and Michael Bloomberg as sexual misconduct allegations in opposition to him piled up in October 2017, and that he thought-about issuing a press release on the time claiming that he was suicidal. There isn’t any proof to counsel both man responded.

In a current submitting, his authorized workforce has requested for a lightweight five-year jail sentence citing his superior age, charitable giving and medical points. “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 protection letter to justice Burke said.

Weinstein, who turns 68 subsequent week, used a walker all through the trial following current again surgical procedures. After his Feb. 24 conviction, he cut up time between a hospital and a jail infirmary unit, and had a stent inserted final week to unblock an artery.

“Given his age and particular medical danger elements, any extra time period of imprisonment above the necessary minimal — though the grave actuality is that Mr. Weinstein could not even outlive that time period — is prone to represent a de facto life sentence,” Weinstein’s attorneys wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed Monday.

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After Weinstein was sentenced, he was positioned below the custody of the New York State Division of Corrections and Group Supervision. He’ll be transferred from the town’s jail system to the state jail system. The company will then consider his case to find out which facility meets his safety, medical, psychological well being and different wants.

Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for jury deliberations in his rape trial, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for jury deliberations in his rape trial, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photograph/John Minchillo)
(AP Photograph/John Minchillo)

Martin Horn, the town’s former corrections commissioner, mentioned Weinstein’s celeb standing might make him a goal for inmates trying to make a reputation for themselves, whereas the gravity of his convictions and sentence might increase suicide issues.

“No jail wants to have the next Jeffrey Epstein,” mentioned Horn, who now teaches at John Jay Faculty of Prison Justice. “They’re going to make sure that nothing happens to him while he’s in their custody. Not because he’s important, but just from a public relations point of view, it would be awfully embarrassing.”

Prosecutors didn’t ask for a particular variety of years in jail of their sentencing memorandum however mentioned that Weinstein deserves extreme punishment, “that displays the seriousness of the defendant’s offenses, his complete lack of regret for the hurt he has induced.”

Of their letter, prosecutors outlined 16 examples they mentioned confirmed Weinstein “trapped ladies into his unique management” so he might sexually assault them, beginning when he was working as a music producer in Buffalo in 1978.

Weinstein nonetheless faces comparable fees in California and can quickly face a distinct trial over them.

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Weinstein was charged in California with raping a girl at a Los Angeles resort on Feb. 18, 2013, after pushing his approach inside her room, then sexually assaulting a girl in a Beverly Hills resort suite the following evening.

The Related Press contributed to this report.