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12.03.2020 Europe

Former film mogul Harvey Weinstein jailed for 23 years

By RFI
REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
LISTEN MAR 12, 2020
REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison following his sexual assault and rape conviction last month.

The 67-year-old faces spending the rest of his life behind bars after New York Justice James Burke, who presided over Weinstein's trial, ignored his pleas for the minimum five-year sentence.

On 24 February a jury of seven men and five women convicted Weinstein for sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and raping former aspiring actress Jessica Mann.

The jury acquitted him on the most serious charges, a single count of first-degree rape as well as two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carried a potential life sentence. Those charges relied on testimony by actress Annabella Sciorra, who said Weinstein raped her in the early 1990s.

Weinstein, who had faced the possibility of a maximum sentence of 29 years in prison, made a statement to the court in which he failed to express any remorse for his actions or apologize to victims. He has denied the allegations and said that any sex was consensual.

More than 100 women, including actresses Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, have come forward alleging years of predatory behavior by the Oscar-winning producer, who has lost much of his $150 million fortune fighting allegations that surfaced in October 2017.

Weinstein is expected to be incarcerated outside New York City.

(with wires)

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