Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein was slammed Wednesday with a 23-year prison sentence for raping an aspiring actress and sexually abusing a TV and movie manufacturing assistant.
Justice James Burke handed down the stiff sentence – which is six years in need of most penalty — to the fallen Hollywood kingpin inside a rapt 15th-floor Manhattan Supreme courtroom.
Weinstein, 67, was convicted final month of two felony counts — third-degree rape for a 2013 assault on one-time aspiring actress and hairdresser Jessica Mann and felony sexual act in the primary diploma for forcibly performing oral intercourse on former “Mission Runway” manufacturing assistant Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi in 2006.
Burke informed Weinstein that he’s certifying the disgraced film mogul as a intercourse offender earlier than he sentenced him to 20 years in prison on the felony intercourse act cost and three years in prison on the rape depend. The sentences might be served consecutively.
“I’ll say that though this can be a first conviction, it isn’t a primary offense,” stated Burke.
All six accusers together with Mann, Haleyi and “The Sopranos” actress Annabella Scirorra who testified in opposition to the disgraced film mogul in the course of the landmark #MeToo-era rape trial attended the sentencing and had been seated in the entrance row subsequent to Manhattan District Legal professional Cy Vance.
Haleyi gasped and the ladies hugged and cried in the courtroom as Weinstein was hit with the prolonged sentence.
Supporters lined up in the hallway of the courthouse forward of the sentencing and afterwards clapped because the band of ladies entered and exited the courtroom.
Some shouted “justice” because the accusers walked out after the sentencing.
Actress Rosie Perez — who was known as by the protection in the course of the trial and recalled for jurors the second Sciorra whispered her over the telephone that she was raped — sat in the second row in the course of the sentencing subsequent to lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents a number of the accusers.
Initially of the sentencing, Weinstein, sporting a navy blue swimsuit along with his arms in cuffs, was wheeled into the courtroom. His handcuffs had been eliminated after he entered.
Weinstein, who didn’t testify in the course of the trial, spoke to the courtroom forward of his sentencing in a rambling deal with.
“To start with, to all the ladies who testified, we might have completely different truths. I’ve nice regret for all of the women and men going by way of this disaster proper now in our nation,” stated Weinstein.
Referring to the #MeToo motion, Weinstein stated, “You understand, the motion began principally with me, and I feel what occurred, you realize, I used to be the primary instance, and now there are millions of males who’re being accused and a era of issues that I feel none of us understood.”
Weinstein stated he had “fantastic instances” along with his accusers.
“I’m completely confused and I feel males are confused,” Weinstein stated, including, “I’m anxious about this nation in a way too.”
“I actually really feel regret of this example,” Weinstein stated. “I really feel it deeply in my coronary heart.”
The disgraced king of Hollywood claimed he “had no nice powers in this trade” and stated that Miramax, an organization Weinstein co-founded, “on the peak of its fame was a small agency.”
“I wasn’t about energy. I used to be about making nice films. I used to be a perfectionist, and I feel I drove myself loopy.”
Weinstein stated that if he might “do it over once more,” he would “care much less in regards to the films and care extra about my kids, household and different folks and associates.”
Each Mann and Haleyi delivered emotional sufferer impression statements earlier than Weinstein was sentenced.
“What he didn’t solely stripped me of my dignity as a human being and girl, however crushed by confidence religion in my skilled future. It diminished any confidence and religion in folks and myself,” stated Haleyi, who had tearfully testified that Weinstein invited her to his Soho residence, the place he held her down and forcibly carried out oral intercourse on her on July 10, 2006.
She stated Weinstein “had crushed part of my spirit and he made me really feel properly, awkward and insecure” and that the previous couple of years “have been excruciating.”
“I’ve lived in worry and paranoia each day in worry of retaliation, paranoid my each transfer was being tracked and monitored having discovered of the strategies Harvey Weinstein has used to intimidate and silence folks,” Haleyi stated.
Mann, who utterly broke down and hyperventilated on the witness stand when she testified final month, informed the decide throughout her sufferer impression assertion that “these had been the screams of a terrified younger girl reliving experiences of horrific violence in opposition to her physique. These had been the screams that can ceaselessly hang-out those that witnessed me.”
Mann testified that Weinstein raped her on March 18, 2013, contained in the DoubleTree lodge in Midtown Manhattan after he injected an erectile dysfunction drug into his penis.
She claimed Weinstein raped her one other time later that yr in Los Angeles, however Weinstein was not charged in that alleged incident.
“I needed to endure his penis raping me on his time,” Mann stated throughout her sufferer impression assertion. “I want I had been in a position to battle him whereas he raped me.”
Mann stated Weinstein’s crimes had been “crimes in opposition to humanity — not simply crimes in opposition to me.”
“Rape is not only one second of penetration. It’s ceaselessly … the impression will final a lifetime,” stated Mann, who added, “I ask to be given the present of figuring out precisely the place Harvey is always, in order that I can actually stay.”
She additionally informed the decide that Weinstein had “threatened my father with an old-school Mafia bat beatdown.”
The seven-man, five-woman jury who oversaw the historic trial discovered the once-powerful Tinseltown tycoon responsible in a combined verdict on Feb. 24 following 5 days of grueling deliberations.
Jurors acquitted Weinstein of the highest two costs of predatory sexual assault — which every carried a life sentence — and rape in the primary diploma involving Mann.
The predatory sexual assault costs hinged in half on the allegations of Sciorra, who claimed Weinstein raped her 27 years in the past at her Gramercy Park residence.
“Every of those women signify the energy and fortitude of each ethical one who stands up and says, ‘Sufficient,’” Manhattan Assistant District Legal professional Joan Illuzzi-Orbon informed the courtroom forward of the sentencing.
Weinstein, the prosecutor stated, “loved the wealth” and “had the sources and he held the goals of many individuals in his arms.”
“How did he use that energy,” Illuzzi-Orbon stated. “He bought drunk on the ability.”
As Illuzzi-Orbon requested the decide to offer Weinstein the utmost sentence, she stated Weinstein “has been utilizing and abusing folks his total life.”
Weinstein confronted a minimal of 5 years in prison.
His staff of high-powered legal professionals filed authorized paperwork late Monday pleading with the decide to offer Weinstein — who has diabetes and who used a walker all through the length of the felony trial following again surgical procedure — the minimal five-year sentence on the declare that he possible received’t survive behind bars any longer than that.
The minimal sentence would basically be “a de facto life sentence,” Weinstein’s attorneys wrote in a letter to Burke.
Protection attorneys Arthur Aidala and Donna Rotunno spoke Wednesday on behalf of their shamed producer consumer, who’s behind flicks like “Pulp Fiction” and “Shakespeare in Love,” to ask the decide for leniency.
Aidala started by saying that the common sentence on the rape depend is 8.5 years.
“We did our analysis and we did our homework and what we got here up with is what the courtroom not solely is aware of, however in different circumstances has agreed,” Aidala stated.
Rotunno went on to say that it was “by no means a risk” for Weinstein to have “a good trial.”
“However Mr. Weinstein got here in with the forces of the media. The forces of the world pushing in opposition to the possibility for him to ever have an actual neutral jury in this case,” Rotunno stated.
Rotunno stated Weinstein “is a sick man … Mr. Weinstein has a historical past of coronary heart illness in his household.”
“While you take a look at the allegation in this courtroom, we see one very small facet of who Mr. Weinstein actually is,” she stated. “What we don’t see is the opposite facet and the opposite issues he has completed… as a result of he constructed careers and was referred to as somebody who did that, everybody needed a bit of.”
Weinstein had been remanded into custody following final month’s responsible verdict.
His attorneys have stated they are going to attraction the filmmaker’s conviction.
Weinstein, a father of 5, was transferred to the North Infirmary Command on Rikers Island final week after spending practically two weeks at Bellevue Hospital Heart, the place he underwent a coronary heart process.
He might be transferred out of the town’s jail system and to the state prison system “in the close to future,” in line with the Division of Corrections and Neighborhood Supervision.
Based on the company, people with particular medical wants are in the end positioned in a state facility that “not solely meets their medical wants, but additionally their psychological well being and safety wants.”
He’s now anticipated to be transferred out of the town’s jail system and to the state prison system.
Haleyi, Mann and Sciorra took the stand over the course of the trial, in addition to three “prior unhealthy acts” witnesses — mannequin Lauren Younger, waitress Tarale Wulff and aspiring actress Daybreak Dunning — who all testified that Weinstein sexually assaulted them.
Sciorra informed the jury that Weinstein barged into her Gramercy Park residence in the winter months of 1993 and 1994, held her down by her wrists and violently raped her earlier than ejaculating on her heirloom nightie.
Weinstein’s protection staff had argued that the accusers had consensual intercourse with the film titan that they later regretted and solely “relabeled” as rape for the jury.
The previous Hollywood powerbroker has maintained his innocence from the onset of the case, pleading not responsible to all the costs and claiming that each one of his sexual encounters had been consensual.
Since 2017, when the New York Occasions and The New Yorker printed bombshell exposés into allegations of sexual abuse by the producer, he has been accused of sexual misconduct by greater than 90 girls.
Newly unsealed courtroom papers revealed Tuesday that Weinstein’s personal brother, Bob Weinstein, emailed his sibling that yr amid the landslide of allegations, telling him that he belonged in hell.
“F—okay u Harvey Weinstein. I pray there’s a actual hell. That’s the place u belong,” Bob Weinstein wrote in the Nov. 2, 2017, e-mail to his older brother.
In the meantime, Vance launched a press release saying, “We thank the courtroom for imposing a sentence that places sexual predators and abusive companions in all segments of society on discover.”
“We thank the survivors for their outstanding statements at this time and indescribable braveness during the last two years. Harvey Weinstein deployed nothing lower than a military of spies to maintain them silent,” Vance stated. “However they refused to be silent, they usually had been heard. Their phrases took down a predator and put him behind bars, and gave hope to survivors of sexual violence all the world over.”
Weinstein, who turns 68 on Mar. 19, now faces a second intercourse crimes trial in Los Angeles.
Harvey Weinstein, who turns 68 on March 19, now faces a second intercourse crimes trial in Los Angeles.
As his Manhattan trial was about to get underway, Weinstein was hit with intercourse assault costs in LA stemming from two separate incidents on two days over 2013.
The accusations of Younger — who testified on the Manhattan trial that Weinstein sexually assaulted her on the Montage Beverly Hills lodge — partially make up the premise of the felony costs introduced by the Los Angeles County District Legal professional’s Workplace.