The once-powerful Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for his crimes against women. Weinstein was found guilty on two counts of harassment at his 23-day long New York trial on February 24 and was acquitted of charges that could have resulted in a life sentence.
The ex-mogul sparked the #MeToo movement when more than eighty women – including actresses Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rose McGowan - stepped forward accusing him of harassment. His trial saw powerful testimony from six women including former actress Jessica Mann and Project Runway assistant Miriam Haleyi, who are being praised for their bravery by females both in and out of the industry.
For the women who testified in this case, and walked through traumatic hell, you did a public service to girls and women everywhere, thank you.#ConvictWeinstein #Guilty— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) February 24, 2020
Prior to the sentencing, his attorney Donna Rotunno requested the judge give him a shorter sentence due to his long list of illnesses. Weinstein also spoke beforehand, addressing the women he has harassed, saying “I have great remorse for all of you. I feel it deeply in my heart.” He also said he was “totally confused” by the charges.
Weinstein, who arrived to court in a wheelchair, will carry out his sentence in a New York State prison and will have five years of supervised release.
He still faces multiple civil lawsuits by dozens of accusers as well as four charges of harassment in Los Angeles. His team announced they will appeal.
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