Harvey Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison

Might as well be a life sentence I mean there is no way he gets out with his health, and age. This is a life term for him like the one handed to Bill Cosby… I hate to say it but these guys never had a chance, and when so many people now say you did something without a smoking gun they can still put you away. He is probably guilty of all things he was accused off don’t get it wrong. BUT he’s also someone being accused without concrete proof. You see unlike the Bill Clinton and Monica case of years ago he left a stain on her dress as proof. There was no such dress or stain here. Just a mob of angry women who wanted him in prison, and this could open the doors for more convictions without evidence for other people.

By the way I love how now a lot of the people in politics, and media who loved him have turned on him. Like Oprah who knew what he was doing, and she’s now washing her hands of his behavior. Shame on anyone who knew what he was doing for decades, and said nothing. They’re all as guilty of his crimes as he is.

Harvey Weinstein will spend 23 years in a New York State prison after being sentenced by Supreme Court Judge James Burke on Wednesday morning. He was convicted Feb. 24 of committing ‘a criminal sexual act in the first degree’ and ‘third-degree rape’. The sentencing ends Weinstein’s New York trial, which began January 6th His team said they will appeal the jury’s decision to convict him on two of the five charges he faced.

Before issuing his sentence the judge told Weinstein that he will be formally registered as a sex offender for his conviction, and that due to it being on the first-degree count of criminal sexual act, Weinstein was given 20 years in prison plus five years of supervised release. On the other convicted charge, third-degree rape, he was given three years in prison. Also the judge decided to make the sentences consecutive, rather than concurrent.

Donna Rotunno Weinstein’s attorney called the sentencing “obscene” while outside the courthouse, and followed up with “Of course it’s too harsh. It’s ridiculous,” she said. “That number was obnoxious. There are murderers who will get out of court faster than Harvey Weinstein will. That number spoke to the pressure of movements in the public, that number did not speak to the evidence that came out in trial. That number did not speak to the testimony that we heard. That number did not speak to evidence, nor did it speak to justice.” Added Rotunno, “We were looking for fairness and we didn’t get it.”

Her sentiments were shared by attorney ‘Damon Cheronis’ who said “He wasn’t treated fair at all.” Arthur Aidala, another Weinstein attorney, said his client will likely spend his time at the Fishkill Correctional Facility in New York, which he said has a hospital.

Rotunno said that Weinstein’s team will likely file their appeal, which she previewed, in July. The team said they didn’t know when he would be arraigned on the four charges he faces in Los Angeles County.

Prior to his sentencing, Rotunno had told the judge that Weinstein should get a shorter sentence because he has a “long list of illnesses.”

“Mr. Weinstein has a multitude of medical issues, there are lists of things that are physically wrong with him and are serious,” said Rotunno, reading a letter highlighting his medical issues. “Mr. Weinstein has a history of heart disease in his family. This is a situation that the loss of freedom … will affect his ability to get the type of medical care he will need for the list of issues he is dealing with.”

Weinstein had spent 10 days in the hospital, where he underwent a heart procedure, after experiencing high blood pressure and heart palpitations following his conviction. Later on Wednesday night, he returned to New York’s Bellevue Hospital due to chest pains and where “he will be evaluated and likely will stay overnight.”

Before his sentencing, Weinstein — who opted not to testify during his New York sexual assault trial — addressed the judge. Speaking, in a low voice, of the women who have accused him of misconduct, he said, “I have great remorse for all of you. I have great remorse for all women.”

He added, “I really feel remorse for this situation. I feel it deeply in my heart.”

Lead prosecutor Joan Illuzzi had asked Judge Burke to sentence Weinstein to “the maximum or near the maximum” years in prison, which could have been up to 29 years.

Weinstein’s lawyers said that no members of his family attended the sentencing. Outside the courthouse, attorney Gloria Allred, who represents several of Weinstein’s accusers, held up a sign that read: “This Is What Justice Looks Like: 20 + 3 Years.”

In response to the sentencing, Tina Tchen, president and CEO of the Time’s Up Foundation, issued the following statement: “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.”

The statement continued: “We also hope that these women take pride in knowing the impact they have had on our culture at large. 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.”

The Silence Breakers — a group of 24 Weinstein accusers that includes Ashley Judd, Lauren Sivan, Rosanna Arquette and Rose McGowan — said in their statement: “Harvey Weinstein’s legacy will always be that he’s a convicted rapist. 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.” They do forget the careers he help create, and remember folks these ladies are mad now but they all were not raped. They went along, and could have said no. He got them careers, and they didn’t last and now they’re mad. What he did was wrong but let’s not forget the names of the women who came forward or actresses haven’t really been relevant in Hollywood in many years, and that’s not his fault.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance thanked the court for “imposing a sentence that puts sexual predators and abusive partners in all segments of society on notice” in his statement. He added, “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.”

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