The former King of Hollywood, film producer Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault.
Weinstein was found guilty in a New York trial last month and the 67-year-old appeared in court on Wednesday in a wheelchair.
Harvey Weinstein, a living monster, was sentenced to 23 years in prison. And this is only the tip of the iceberg: More justice is coming elsewhere. Weinstein will spend the rest of his life in jail. A round of applause for the prosecutors!
— A Worried Citizen (@ThePubliusUSA) March 11, 2020
Weinstein gets 23 years behind bars
His lawyers had appealed for leniency, wanting the minimum sentence of five years, claiming it to be a “life sentence” for Weinstein.
But prosecutors argued Weinstein should be given the maximum sentence given his “lifetime of abuse” towards women and “lack of remorse” for his actions.
On Wednesday, Weinstein addressed the court for the first time, saying he had “deep remorse” but described him and other men as “totally confused” by events in comments seen as critical to the #MeToo movement.
Harvey Weinstein’s fall from grace started in 2017 when dozens of women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, including rape.
But Weinstein has always denied wrongdoing and these were the first charges to make it to trial.
He still faces more criminal charges, for rape and sexual assault, in Los Angeles.
His lawyers have vowed to appeal against his conviction.
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