Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison in landmark #MeToo case
Harvey Weinstein, a once-celebrated Hollywood producer, said ahead of his sentencing that he was worried about the movement’s implication for men and due process.
Harvey Weinstein, who was convicted of rape in a landmark #MeToo trial, was sentenced to 23 years in prison Wednesday after the once-powerful Hollywood mogul remained defiant during sentencing.
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The sentencing was a landmark for the #MeToo movement, which sparked a worldwide reckoning on sexual assault and harassment more than two years ago. Weinstein, a once-celebrated Hollywood producer, said ahead of his sentencing that he was worried about the movement’s implication for men and due process.
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A jury convicted Weinstein last month of third-degree rape of Jessica Mann, a former aspiring actress, and a count of criminal sexual act in the first degree against Mimi Haley, a former “Project Runway” production assistant.
Weinstein was sentenced to 20 years for criminal sex act in the first degree and three years for rape in the third degree to be served consecutively for assaulting two women in New York. He was also sentenced to 10 years of post-release supervision for both charges.
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The former Hollywood producer faced as little as five years, but the judge’s decision was much closer to the maximum 29 years he faced. Judges often run sentences concurrently, which means a defendant can serve out both sentences at the same time.
Arriving in a wheelchair, Weinstein spoke ahead of his sentencing and addressed his role in the #MeToo movement, saying he believed “thousands of men are losing due process” and he was worried about the country.
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He said he had “no great powers” in the industry and couldn’t “blackball anyone.” He said he believed he had legitimate relationships with his accusers.
He added that he had not seen his children since the first article was published about the allegations against him, which he described as “hell on earth.”
Haley said ahead of the sentencing that Weinstein’s assault scarred her deeply, mentally and emotionally, and “crushed a part of her spirit.” She said if he were not convicted she believed he would victimize women “again and again and again.”