Harvey Weinstein, a former Hollywood mogul and convicted rapist, will now spend the rest of his life in prison after receiving a 16-year sentence.
On Thursday morning, nearly two months after the conclusion of Weinstein’s trial in Los Angeles, where a jury found him guilty on three charges of rape and sexual assault, a sentencing hearing was held in downtown Los Angeles.
After being found guilty of rape and sexual assault in New York at his criminal trial in 2020, Weinstein is already serving a 23-year sentence there. Weinstein will serve his Los Angeles sentence following his New York sentence, the judge ruled on Thursday.
Harvey Weinstein addressed the court before being sentenced and pleaded with Judge Lisa B. Lench one last time.
Harvey Weinstein declared,
The judge was asked by Weinstein’s defence team, led by Mark Werksman and Alan Jackson, to sentence him to three years per charge.
Werksman praised Harvey Weinstein’s performance in the entertainment sector and urged the judge to take note of his achievements. In his 50-year career, Mr. Weinstein “done a lot of good for a lot of people,” according to Werksman. “He created hundreds of films that millions of people enjoyed… Many well-known actors would mention him in their Oscar acceptance speeches. He generously donated to both political and charitable organisations.
The court sentenced Harvey Weinstein to 16 years in prison for the three crimes for which the jury found him guilty after hearing from Weinstein and his attorneys. Lench added, “These are not decisions to be made lightly, but this is my decision.
Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein:
The three accusations against Harvey Weinstein that led to his conviction were all based on the allegations against Jane Doe #1, a European model who stated she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein at the Mr. C Hotel following the 2013 L.A. Italia Film Festival.
Jane Doe #1 made an emotional victim impact statement while testifying in court with her kid, sobbing the entire time. She wanted the judge to sentence Weinstein to life in prison. No amount of time in jail could repair the harm, she argued. “I hope you sentence him to the maximum amount.”
“Ten years later, the effects of this rape are still raw, and it is difficult to talk about them. This makes it very difficult for me to stand here. She addressed the judge and stated, “I have been carrying this weight, this pain, and this unreasonable idea that it was my fault for years. “His self-centered, abhorrent behaviours have seriously affected me and my life. His treatment of me was abhorrent.
Jane Doe #1 was visibly crying as Weinstein spoke, and her sobs could be heard above his. Weinstein claimed to the judge that Jane Doe #1 had made up the entire rape and insisted that he had never even touched her or committed any kind of sexual assault. The truth is that neither she nor I are acquainted, according to Weinstein. This narrative is fiction. Respectfully, Jane Doe #1 is an actor who can make people cry… This is false.
Jane Doe #1 has been the centre of attention for Weinstein’s team, who used her as support for their demand for a fresh trial with a new jury, which the judge rejected on Thursday morning before the sentencing. Their appeal will probably centre on Jane Doe #1.
The court, according to Weinstein’s attorneys, erroneously barred them from presenting pertinent facts and arguments, particularly those pertaining to Jane Doe #1. Jackson made a lengthy case for Weinstein receiving a new trial before the sentence was handed down, claiming that the court had “accepted perjury on the stand” from Jane Doe #1. He asserted that the jury “was drawn into the lies of Jane Doe” and that the prosecution was “sandbagged by a lie stated on the stand.”
Years of whispers about Weinstein’s behaviour had circulated in the entertainment industry, but due to his position of influence in Hollywood, few people were ready to openly criticise him.
In 2017, shocking claims against him surfaced, sparking the #MeToo movement and enabling hundreds of women to speak out against sexual harassment at work.
Numerous women have now accused Weinstein of acting in a sexual manner.
Harvey Weinstein lost his initial appeal in New York’s intermediate appellate court in June against his criminal conviction and sentence.
He has, however, also filed a second appeal in that matter with the New York Court of Appeals.
After his conviction in New York, scores of other women who had accused the former movie mogul of abuse received $17 million in a civil trial.
The actress from Europe who accused Weinstein of rape in Los Angeles filed a lawsuit against him earlier this month.
In the civil lawsuit, negligence, false detention, intentional infliction of mental distress, and sexual battery are all alleged.
According to her case, Harvey Weinstein’s actions were reprehensible and motivated by malice, oppression, and deception, which supported the imposition of punitive damages against him.
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