1. Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison after delivering a rambling statement in court.
An unrepentant Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison after delivering a rambling statement in court, saying he is trying to be “a better person”.
The sentence was handed down in a Manhattan criminal court by Justice James Burke, who presided over Weinstein’s trial.
A jury on February 24 found former movie producer Weinstein, 67, guilty of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and raping former aspiring actor Jessica Mann.
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.
— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) March 11, 2020
“I feel remorse for all of the men who are going through this fight,” Weinstein told the court before he was sentenced on Wednesday.
More than 100 women, including famous actresses, have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct stretching back decades, fuelling the Me Too movement against sexual abuse and harassment.
Weinstein, who addressed the court while sitting in a wheelchair, said he was worried about “thousands of men” being denied due process in the Me Too era.
In a rambling statement, he said he was “confused” and that he believed he had great times with “these people”, referring to the women.
He said he had worked too hard and put too much pressure on himself.
“I really feel remorse about this situation. I feel it deeply in my heart… I’m really trying to be a better person.”
The six women who testified against him were also in court for the proceedings.
In an emotional statement, Haleyi spoke of the trauma she had endured since the attack.
“It scarred me deeply, mentally and emotionally, perhaps irreparably, perhaps forever,” she said.