Harvey Weinstein Jailed For 23 Years For Multiple Rape

Published March 11th, 2020 - 04:38 GMT
Harvey Weinstein (AFP File Photo)
Harvey Weinstein (AFP File Photo)

A Manhattan judge sentenced former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein Wednesday to 23 years in prison, bringing an end to the initial trial phase that lasted for weeks.

Judge James Burke issued the punishment in Manhattan Supreme Court. Weinstein was given 20 years on a conviction of committing a criminal sexual act and three years for the other charge of third-degree rape. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

Weinstein, 67, was convicted on both counts last month. The jury, however, acquitted him on more serious counts of predatory assault.

The Academy Award-winning producer and onetime powerful film mogul was convicted stemming from two cases, in 2006 and 2013 involving two women. Multiple other women testified against Weinstein at his trial for prosecutors, who aimed to demonstrate a pattern of sexual misconduct.

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Weinstein, who arrived to Wednesday's hearing in a wheelchair, had faced 25 years in prison on the criminal sex act count alone. Defense attorneys had argued his advanced age, health and lack of a criminal history warranted a minimum sentence.

He did not take the witness stand during his trial, but Weinstein addressed the court Wednesday.

"I'm worried about this country," he said, and compared himself to Dalton Trumbo, an American author who was blacklisted in Hollywood during the 1940s for belonging to the Communist Party. Weinstein said enduring the accusations and trial were "hell on Earth."

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The two women at the center of the case gave victim impact statements Wednesday before sentencing. Accuser Tarale Wulff, who testified for prosecutors at trial but wasn't able to make an impact statement in court, instead posted hers online Tuesday.

"Harvey Weinstein stole a part of my self-worth, treating me like I was nothing and I became fearful and mistrustful, not only of others but of myself," Wulff wrote. "These feelings were unbearable to live with and I pushed back the fear, shame and guilt to move on with my life. That is how I survive."

The case against Weinstein was a landmark event for the #MeToo movement -- as it sparked the campaign more than two years ago and subsequently encouraged victims of sexual abuse and harassment to speak out around the world. Since then. a number of Hollywood figures have been accused of misconduct.

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