Harvey Weinstein Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison
Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault and rape in a landmark trial.
The former Hollywood figurehead appeared in court in New York on Wednesday, March 11, where he was handed the custodial sentence.
Weinstein, 67, was found guilty of raping a woman, as well as forcing oral sex on a production assistant called Miriam Haley.
If maximum sentences were imposed, he could have faced 29 years in prison.
Weinstein was imposed 20 years for a first-degree criminal sex act for forcing oral sex on Ms Haley and three years for the third-degree rape of a woman who has not been named because her wishes of identification have not been clear, The Guardian reports.
The two sentences will run consecutively, meaning Weinstein will have to complete the sentencing for the first-degree criminal sex act before serving the rape sentence.
In a victim statement read out in court, Haley said Weinstein had ‘not only stripped me of my dignity as a human being and as a woman, it diminished my confidence and faith in myself’.
She added: ‘It is time people who rape other people pay with their life and the life they took.’
During Weinstein’s trial, three more women – outside of the New York charges – testified to help prosecutors establish an alleged pattern of predatory behaviour.
The former movie mogul still faces criminal charges in Los Angeles over the alleged assault of two women in 2013.
Meanwhile, dozens more women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct spanning several decades.
The allegations prompted the global #MeToo movement, in which women all over the world shared their own experiences of sexual assault and misconduct.
Before the allegations surfaced, Weinstein enjoyed a long and successful career in Hollywood, scooping Oscar wins for Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting and The King’s Speech.
Since his conviction last month, Weinstein has been moved from a secure wing of Manhattan’s Bellevue hospital, where he underwent heart surgery, to Rikers Island jail.
The 67-year-old will now be taken to a reception centre in Fishkill, New York, for ‘processing’ before he is taken to a prison in upstate New York.
His lawyers have already indicated they will be lodging an appeal, which must be filed within the next 30 days.
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12-2:30 and 7-9:30). Alternatively you can contact Victim Support on 08 08 16 89 111.
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