Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, 67, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for sex crimes. Judge James Burke announced the sentence Wednesday in New York, about two weeks after a jury found Weinstein guilty of rape and sexual assault. The maximum sentence would have been 29 years in prison.
Weinstein had appeared in court in a wheelchair before the announcement. The Public Prosecutor’s Office had again emphatically asked for a harsh punishment. Weinstein has been abusing women for decades and has so far shown no remorse. The defense has already announced that it wants to review.
A jury found Weinstein guilty of rape and sexual assault in late February. However, he pleaded not guilty to the two most serious charges of “predatory sexual assault” and one of the more serious allegations of rape. The high-profile trial focused on two allegations: Weinstein allegedly forced production assistant Mimi Haleyi into oral sex in 2006 and raped current hairdresser Jessica Mann in 2013.
After the guilty verdict, Weinstein was admitted to the hospital and then to rikers island prison in the metropolis of New York. He is now being held in a new York state prison.