Harvey Weinstein jailed for 23 years for rape and sexual assault

Disgraced Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. 

Harvey Weinstein

Before his sentencing, the once-influential Hollywood producer whose actions ignited the #MeToo Movement in the United States faced between 5 and 29 years in prison for last month’s convictions on a first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape. The charges were based on testimony in a New York courtroom by Miriam Haley and Jessica Mann, who both spoke at the sentencing.

Weinstein who was acquitted of two more serious charges of predatory sexual assault which could have come with a life sentence was found guilty of committing a first-degree criminal sexual act by forcibly performing oral sex on production assistant Haley in 2006. He was also convicted of third-degree rape, for attacking aspiring actress Jessica Mann in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013.

He was sentenced to 20 years for the attack on Haley and another three years in prison for the attack on Mann.

Before being sentenced, Weinstein addressed a packed Manhattan courtroom and said he had “deep remorse”. Making a rambling speech, he also pushed back at the #MeToo movement which according to him had gone too far. 

He said:

I am totally confused. I think men are confused about all of this…this feeling of thousands of men and women who are losing due process, I’m worried about this country. This is not the right atmosphere in the United States of America.”

Weinstein’s defense lawyers plan to appeal his conviction, which finalized a dramatic fall from grace for one of Hollywood’s most powerful figures.

He still faces further criminal charges for rape and sexual assault in Los Angeles.