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Judge Drops Hammer On Harvey Weinstein, Sentences Him To 23 Years in Prison For Rape And Sexual Assault

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Judge Drops Hammer On Harvey Weinstein, Sentences Him To 23 Years in Prison For Rape And Sexual Assault

Former Hollywood power broker Harvey Weinstein, whose sexual abuses became a catalyst for a worldwide cultural reckoning about sexual misconduct, was sentenced Wednesday morning to 23 years in New York state prison.

The 67-year-old former movie mogul was convicted in February of a criminal sexual act in the first degree for the assault of former production assistant Miriam Haley in 2006, and rape in the third degree for the assault of ex-actress Jessica Mann in 2013. Between the two crimes, Weinstein could have been sentenced to spend up to 29 years in prison.

In a letter to New York County Supreme Court Judge James Burke last week, the Manhattan district attorney’s office asked the court to give Weinstein the maximum sentence.

“He has consistently advanced his own sordid desires and fixations at the expense of others,” the letter read. “He has destroyed people’s lives and livelihoods or threatened to do so on a whim. He has exhibited an attitude of superiority and complete lack of compassion for his fellow man.”

The letter went on to list numerous accusations against Weinstein that weren’t brought up at his trial, including allegations of sexual assault that date back to 1978, when an employee of Weinstein’s music company shared a hotel room with him and allegedly woke up to find him “forcing himself sexually on her.” Weinstein also threw staplers at employees, verbally abused female assistants, bragged about being able to have people killed, and at one point told a board member that he would “send someone to his office to cut off his genitals with gardening shears,” according to the letter.

Even Weinstein’s own brother, Bob, denounced him.

“I pray there is a real hell. That’s where u belong,” Bob Weinstein wrote to Harvey in a November 2017 email. “I suppose being you, is its own hell, if u could feel it, but no chance. OJ didn’t kill Nicole Simpson and u had consensual sex with all those poor victimized women.”

And there’s more: The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has announced that it plans to proceed with its own charges against Weinstein. Prosecutors there have charged Weinstein with four felony sex crimes, for allegedly raping one woman on Feb. 18, 2013, and sexually assaulting another woman the next day. If Weinstein is convicted as charged in California, he could be sentenced to up to 28 years in state prison.

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