On Wednesday, Harvey Weinstein was officially sentenced to 23 years in prison after he was found guilty of criminal sexual assault in the first degree, and rape in the third degree, last month.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, his conviction on the first-degree count of criminal sexual act he was given a total of 20 years, and 5 years of supervised release. For his conviction of third-degree rape, he was given three years in prison.
Prior to handing out his sentence, Judge James Burke said that Weinstein will be formally registered as a sex offender.
Donna Rotunno, one of Weinstein’s attorneys spoke during a press conference following the sentencing and said, “That number was obnoxious. There are murderers who will get out of court faster than Harvey Weinstein will. That number spoke to the pressure of movements in the public, that number did not speak to the evidence that came out in the trial. That number did not speak to the testimony that we heard. That number did not speak to evidence, nor did it speak to justice.”
Prior to the sentencing, Rotunno tried to convince the judge to give Weinstein a shorter sentence as she mentioned his “long list of illnesses.”
In a letter she said, “Mr. Weinstein has a multitude of medical issues, there are lists of things that are physically wrong with him and are serious. Mr. Weinstein has a history of heart disease in his family. This is a situation that the loss of freedom…will affect his ability to get the type of medical care he will need for the list of issues he is dealing with.”
As we previously reported, before his sentencing Weinstein was transferred to Rikers Island in New York after having successful heart surgery. He had spent 10 days in the hospital after experiencing high blood pressure and heart palpitations last month.
His team said they plan to appeal the jury’s decision to convict him on two of the five charges he faced. At the moment, it is unclear when he will be arraigned on the four charges he faces in Los Angeles County.
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TSR STAFF: Jade Ashley @Jade_Ashley94