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Harvey Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison for Rape, Sexual Assault

HeadlineMar 12, 2020

Here in New York, a Manhattan judge has sentenced former Hollywood producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein to 23 years in prison, in a landmark ruling for the #MeToo movement. After his sentencing, Weinstein was taken under armed guard and bussed from the Manhattan courthouse to the Rikers Island jail. He was later transferred to Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital after complaining of chest pains. Weinstein was found guilty last month of raping then-aspiring actress Jessica Mann in a hotel room in 2013 and of sexually assaulting production assistant Mimi Haley at his apartment in 2006 by forcibly performing oral sex on her. Attorney Gloria Allred read from Haley’s victim’s impact statement outside the court just after Weinstein’s sentencing.

Gloria Allred: “'I have observed an indifference, a lack of remorse, a lack of acknowledgement, a lack of awareness and self awareness by the defendant throughout this process that has made me feel anger, that has left me concerned that he is completely disconnected from the gravity of the crime that he committed against me and the impact it's had. I can only hope that whatever sentence the court sees fit is long enough for Harvey Weinstein to acknowledge what he’s done and to be truly sorry.’”

Actress Mira Sorvino tweeted in response, “I literally cried tears of amazement, gratitude that the justice system has worked on behalf of all of his victims today.” Meanwhile, prosecutors in Los Angeles are working to extradite Weinstein to face further charges of rape and sexual assault in California.

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