Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison after he was found guilty of rape and criminal sexual act, according to CNN. It’s the culmination of the controversial case that fueled the Time’s Up and Me Too movements.
He was sentenced to 20 years for first-degree criminal sexual act and another three years for third-degree rape. The 67-year-old will serve the two sentences consecutively. Afterwards, he’ll face five years of supervision and he must register as a sex offender.
Just before the sentence was announced on March 11 in New York (March 12 in the Philippines), he spoke for the first time in court. He said he felt “remorse” but that he is “totally confused.” He claimed, “I think men are confused about all of these issues."
His conviction was based on the testimonies of Miriam Haley, who said he forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006, and Jessica Mann, who said he raped her in 2013.
"If Harvey Weinstein had not been convicted by this jury, it would have happened again and again and again. I'm relieved he will now know he's not above the law. I'm relieved there are women out there who are safer because he's not out there," said Miriam.
After the New York sentencing, he will also face felony charges of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force, and sexual battery by restraint in Los Angeles.
The case fueled movements that had Hollywood celebs revealing their own traumatic experiences involving the producer, and women around the world fighting against sexual violence and pushing for women’s rights.
Filipina-Italian model Ambra Gutierrez, who accused the producer of sexual assault and caught him on tape harassing her, reacted to the sentencing. “I feel so happy and it’s like a heavy weight came off my chest. These years were not easy and now I can really take a big breath of air.”
She said, “I was 23 years old when he ruined my life, and today Weinstein got sentenced to 23 years in prison. This is just a fraction of the justice he deserves. What about the dozens of other survivors he assaulted over decades who can’t do anything about it because the law says they are too late?”
Ambra is an advocate of the Adult Survivors Act, which would “create a one-year window for the revival of time-barred civil lawsuits based on sex crimes committed against individuals who were 18 years of age or older.”
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