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Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison, sentence sparks thunderclap

Written by FDM

The American film producer who was convicted of rape and sexual assault on February 24 was sentenced to 23 years in prison Wednesday, March 11.

The sentencing was a seminal moment for the #MeToo movement, even a group representing his accusers said: “no amount of jail time will repair the lives he ruined, the careers he destroyed.”

A jury convicted Weinstein, 68, last month of third-degree rape of Jessica Mann, a former aspiring actress, and a count of a criminal sexual act in the first degree against Mimi Haley, a former “Project Runway” production assistant.

Weinstein was sentenced to 20 years for a criminal sexual act in the first degree and three years for rape in the third degree to be served consecutively for assaulting the two women in New York. He was also sentenced to 10 years of post-release supervision for both charges. The judge also said Weinstein must register as a sex offender.

Arriving in a wheelchair, Weinstein spoke ahead of his sentencing and addressed his role in the #MeToo movement, saying he believed “thousands of men are losing due process” and he was worried about the country.