Harvey Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison

The convicted rapist still faces additional charges in Los Angeles

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court, on February 21, 2020 in New York City.
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By Bonnie Stiernberg / March 11, 2020 11:43 am

Convicted rapist and former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has reportedly been sentenced to 23 years in prison for his crimes. (That should be plenty of time for him to get over that head injury.)

Weinstein was found guilty last month of one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree and one count of rape in the third degree. He was facing a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 25 years for the criminal sexual act charge and a maximum of four years for the third-degree rape charge.

Before his sentencing on Wednesday, lead prosecutor Joan Illuzzi asked Judge James Burke of the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan to give Weinstein the maximum sentence, arguing that he “would never have been stopped from hurting more lives.”

“He has been using and abusing people his whole life,” she said.

Weinstein’s defense attorneys, on the other hand, requested that he receive the minimum sentence of five years. “Weinstein cannot walk outside without being heckled, he has lost his means to earn a living, simply put, his fall from grace has been historic, perhaps unmatched in the age of social media,” his lawyer Damon Cheronis wrote in a letter to Burke.

Weinstein could still face more time if he is convicted in a separate trial in Los Angeles, where he is facing charges related to allegations that he raped one woman and sexually assaulted another on two consecutive days in 2013. He has not yet entered a plea in that case.

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