Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 16 years in prison for rape and sexual assault of Italian actor.

This story deals with rape and sexual assault, which may be distressing to some readers.

Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after a jury convicted him of the 2013 rape and sexual assault of an Italian actor and model.

The sentence comes on top of the more than 20 years Weinstein has left to serve for a similar 2020 conviction in New York.

The 70-year-old directly appealed to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lisa B Lench, saying: "I maintain that I'm innocent. I never raped or sexually assaulted Jane Doe 1."

The woman who Weinstein was convicted of raping sobbed in the courtroom as he spoke.

Moments earlier she had told the judge about the pain she felt after being attacked by Weinstein.

"Before that night I was a very happy and confident woman. I valued myself and the relationship I had with God," the woman, who was identified in court only as Jane Doe 1, said.

"I was excited about my future. Everything changed after the defendant brutally assaulted me. There is no prison sentence long enough to undo the damage."

Lench handed down the sentence on Thursday (US time) after rejecting a motion by Weinstein's lawyers for a new trial.

Jurors in December convicted Weinstein of one count of rape and two counts of sexual assault against the woman who at the trial's opening in October gave a dramatic and emotional account of him arriving uninvited at her hotel room, talking his way in and assaulting her during a film festival.

The jury spared Weinstein an even longer sentence when they acquitted him of the sexual battery of a massage therapist and failed to reach verdicts on counts involving two other women.


The defence contended during the trial that Weinstein had consensual sex with two of the women he was charged with assaulting and that two others - including the one who led to his conviction - were making up the incidents entirely.

Last week, Lench rejected a request from Gloria Allred, a lawyer for some of the women who testified at trial, to allow others to make similar statements in court about Weinstein.

"I'm not going to make this an open forum on Mr Weinstein's conduct," Lench said at the time.

Legal uncertainties will remain on both coasts for Weinstein.

New York's highest court has agreed to hear his appeal in his rape and sexual assault convictions there.

Meanwhile, posecutors in Los Angeles have yet to say whether they will retry Weinstein on counts they were unable to reach a verdict on.

It is not yet clear where he will serve his time while these issues are decided.

His New York sentence would be served before a California prison term although a retrial or other issues could keep him from being sent back there soon.

Weinstein is eligible for parole in New York in 2039.

If this has raised any issues for you, or if you just feel like you need to speak to someone, please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.

- With AAP.

Feature Image: Etienne Laurent-Pool/Getty.