New York Supreme Court Judge, ‘James Burke’ sentenced Harvey Weinstein who was a former movie mogul to 23 years in prison on Wednesday for Sexual assault which is longtime enough to destroy someone’s career.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harvey Weinstein flanked by his defense attorneys, listened during his sentencing in a Manhattan courtroom, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in New York. Weinstein was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault.
The verdict came after Weinstein was convicted on Feb. 24 on charges of committing a Criminal Sexual Act in the first degree and third-degree rape (He Reportedly Wanted Jennifer Aniston who was his victim Killed) according to released court documents. The conviction was related to accusations by two women who testified to being sexually assaulted and raped by Weinstein during the 2000s.
In addition to the prison sentence, the 67-year-old will be registered as a sex offender in the state of New York.
“This was a miscarriage of justice from the beginning of the process until now,” “His sentence doesn’t commensurate with the conviction and we believe on appeal, the court’s prejudice and the Prosecution’s looseness with evidence and procedures, along with the extreme biases that faced Mr. Weinstein before he walked into the courtroom, the evidence will show that this case had no merit.” Said one of the representatives for Weinstein.
Burke gave Weinstein 20 years in prison, plus five years of supervised release for the first-degree conviction, along with three years in prison on the third-degree count.
Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance said, “We thank the court for imposing a sentence that puts sexual predators and abusive partners in all segments of society on notice. We thank the survivors for their remarkable statements today and indescribable courage over the last two years. Harvey Weinstein deployed nothing less than an army of spies to keep them silent. But they refused to be silent, and they were heard. Their words took down a predator and put him behind bars, and gave hope to survivors of sexual violence all across the world.”
Addressing the judge prior to the sentencing, Weinstein said, “I have great remorse for all of you. I have great remorse for all women. I really feel remorse for this situation. I feel it deeply in my heart. I am totally confused,”
He added: “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.”
The two accusers also spoke before the sentencing:
“It scared me deeply, mentally and emotionally,” one woman who was assaulted told the judge. “What he did not only stripped me of my dignity as a human being and a woman but it crushed my confidence.”
The other woman added, “I don’t know how to explain the horrors of being raped by someone who has power. The impact on the psyche is profound. Rape is not just one moment… it is forever.”
Weinstein’s trial began since January, 6th and he has faced five charges and was convicted on two. His attorney Donna Rotunno had argued prior to sentencing for a shorter prison sentence, due to the former producer’s “long list of illnesses.” The lead prosecutor in the case argued for “the maximum or near the maximum” sentence, which would have been up to 29 years.
Since last Thursday, Weinstein has been held at Rikers Island Correctional Center after undergoing a heart procedure. Following the sentencing he will be transferred to New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
The Silence Breakers, a group of Weinstein accusers, which includes Ashley Judd, Rosanna Arquette, and Rose McGowan, released a statement on the sentencing Wednesday.
“Harvey Weinstein’s legacy will always be that he’s a convicted rapist,” the group said. “He is going to jail – but no amount of jail time will repair the lives he ruined, the careers he destroyed, or the damage he has caused.”
On Twitter, a number of accusers and their supporters reacted to the news;
Mira Sorvino @MiraSorvino
“23 years. Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for his crimes of rape and sexual assault. I literally cried tears of amazement, gratitude that the justice system has worked on behalf of all of his victims today.”
Sarah Ann Masse’s new favorite number is 23!!!
“CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF US WHO SPOKE UP AND TOLD OUR STORIES! This is the result of the brave women, the #SilenceBreakers, and especially the women who took the stand in this trial. Harvey Weinstein, you’re a proven rapist and abuser and you will sit in jail for 23 years.”
Rosie Perez @rosieperezbklyn
“23yrs!!! Convicted and Sentenced! Today the world shifted that much more for justice! May my dear friend Annabella Sciorra and all these brave women continue to heal and finally find some peace with this victory! #HarveyWeinsteinGuilty https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1237756801090805761 …”
The New York Times @nytimes
“Breaking News: Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for sex crimes, a stunning downfall for a Hollywood mogul whose abuse of women ignited #MeToo https://nyti.ms/2IC7ztk”
Ellen Barkin @EllenBarkin
“23 years. God bless you, Jessica Mann, Mimi Hayley and all 108 survivors for your courage and fight. Thank you Ronan Farrow. Thank you Judge Burke. Thank you to the jury. Thank you for believing survivors. Thank you for changing the future for us all.”
“23 years for Harvey Weinstein. @mega2e and I just witnessed it for ourselves. Weinstein was cuffed to his wheelchair then rolled away. The women who testified sobbed afterwards. Irwin Reiter, his accountant of 30 yrs who secretly helped us break the story, sat just behind.”
However, Time’s Up said, “First and foremost, we are grateful for the courage and strength of Mimi Haleyi, Jessica Mann, Annabella Sciorra, Dawn Dunning, Tarale Wulff, and Lauren Young, who bravely testified in court, and we remain in solidarity with the more than 100 survivors who suffered abuse, harassment, and rape at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. The trauma of sexual assault and harassment is lifelong — we can only hope that today’s sentence brings all of the survivors of Harvey Weinstein some measure of peace.”
“We also hope that these women take pride in knowing the impact they have had on our culture at large,” the statement continued. “Whether by inspiring more survivors to come forward and seek help, changing how the justice system responds to sexual violence, or leading corporate boards to hold more CEOs accountable for toxic workplace culture, the social change catalyzed by these survivors has been nothing short of transformational.”
Omah Lay shares sad experience in Uganda after his release
Nigerian singer, Omah Lay has shared his sad experience in Uganda and how he was arrested and treated like a common thief.
Recall earlier this month, Omah was arrested for violating the COVID-19 rules in Uganda.
He explained to his Ugandan fans that he never intended to put them in harms way, and whatever action he took while in Uganda, was in the presence of the Ugandan Police.
He showed appreciation to his mom, fans and celebrities for showing him love during his arrest and making sure that he returns safely.
In his words;
“The past few days have been some of the toughest of my life that I wouldn’t wish them on anyone. Out in a new country with some beautiful people, the next thing I’m being treated like a common thief.
First off I want to thank all the amazing fans that came out to see me in Uganda, the smiles on your happy faces that evening would be one of my happiest memories. Also I wanna clarify that putting you in harms way was never my intentions!
Before we came out to Uganda, the show promoters confirmed and proved to us they’d secured all the clearances which of course included Covid 19 compliance….At that point, my sole obligation became to make myself available to be taken to the venue and entertain, which I did in the full glance and protection of the Ugandan police.
Secondly, to my mom, my family, my team, my fans, friends that I caused sleepless nights waiting and praying for me, I apologize for putting you through all that;…on the other hand I can’t thank you enough, I damned near lost my mind but your prayers and messages kept me going! Thank you so much!
The past few days have been some of the toughest of my life that I wouldn’t wish them on anyone. Out in a new country with some beautiful people, the next thing I’m being treated like a common thief 🤦🏾♂️
Finally, big THANK YOU to everyone for your efforts, prayers, messages, tweets (Damn! Y’all went hard!).Big shout out to the musicians, the celebrities, fans (Again and again), my family, my friends, my Label, The Nigerian Mission in Uganda, The Presidency, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Madam Abike. Thank you all so much!I have put this behind me and back to what I know how to do best. One Africa Omah is home! Love,Omah ”.
Tiwa Savage’s CELIA makes Time Magazine’s top 10 album for 2020
CELIA an album released in August by Tiwa Savage features Sam Smith, Naira Marley, Stefflon Do, Dice Aisles and Hamza.
Nigerian Female musician, Tiwa Savage’s “CELIA” has been selected among the top ten in 2020 album by Time Magazine.
Describing the album, Time Magazine says “the latest album from Savage, a Nigerian singer-songwriter who many call the “Queen of Afrobeats,” is characterised by an infectious buoyancy”.
“A veteran of the American, British and Nigerian music industries, Savage has an innate understanding of how various strains of music from the Black diaspora fit together, so R&B, rap, Afrobeats, and global pop coalesce seamlessly on the record.
Tiwa in her reaction wrote on her official Twitter @Tiwasavage: ”I doubted many things but one thing I knew for sure was what a beautiful body [of] work myself and everyone involved created, we created magic.
“Soooo many projects dropped this year all over the world and TIME MAGAZINE picked #CELIA as one of their top 10 albums released this year. Ope ni fun Eledumare!
“I’m even more gingered to drop my next project, following my heart and stepping out of my comfort zone yet again.