Prior to the sentencing of disgraced movie mogul and convicted sex criminal Harvey Weinstein, prosecutors submitted a letter asking a New York judge to take into account “a lifetime of abuse toward others, sexual and otherwise” as well as a “total lack of remorse.” The appeal appears to have worked.
This morning, following his conviction on February 24, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison, 20 for committing a criminal sex act against production assistant Mimi Haley in 2006 and three years for the third-degree rape of aspiring actress Jessica Mann in a NYC hotel room in 2013. If he serves the full term, Weinstein, 67, will be 90 when he’s released, upon which time he’ll be subject to five years of post-release supervision.
Weinstein is also facing charges in Los Angeles. District Attorney Jackie Lacey filed charges against Weinstein for two incidents from 2013. The first took place on February 18 of that year, when Weinstein allegedly pushed his way inside the Beverly Hills Hotel room of an unnamed Italian actress and raped her. The second happened just one day later, according to Lauren Young, a 30-year-old model who testified about her encounter in the New York trial. On the stand, she told the court how Weinstein trapped her in a hotel room bathroom, took off her dress, groped her, and masturbated. The crimes in the L.A. case carry a sentence of up to 28 years.
Weinstein, who’d previously shown up to court appearances using a walker, arrived at today’s hearing in a wheelchair. He’ll reportedly undergo a medical evaluation before he’s transferred from Rikers Island to the state prison system.
In her impact statement at the sentencing hearing, Weinstein victim Mann issued an impassioned reminder to the court: “Rape is not just the moment of penetration, it is forever.”
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