Harvey Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison
March 10, 2020
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Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison on Wednesday. The sentencing comes after he was found guilty last month of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree. NPR reports that Judge James Burke's decision includes a 20-year sentence for the criminal sexual act charge and three years for the third-degree rape charge. NBC reports that Burke also ordered that the sentences be served consecutively, not concurrently. Weinstein's lawyers, who stood by his side as the decision was handed down, had been asking for a five-year sentence, arguing that he would likely die in prison otherwise. It was previously reported that he could've faced a sentence as high as 29 years. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 67-year-old Weinstein reportedly told the court before his sentence was handed down, "I have great remorse for all women. I really feel remorse for this situation. I feel it deeply in my heart." Video taken after the sentencing shows Weinstein's accusers, including Annabella Sciorra, walking out of the courtroom as supporters cheer and declare, "Justice!" Meanwhile, Weinstein's defense attorney told reporters afterward that the length of the sentence was "obscene" and "obnoxious."