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.
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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.”