Harvey Weinstein, a former US filmmaker, who was convicted of two felony sex crimes — rape and sexual assault — has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.
Weinstein was sentenced in a New York courtroom in a landmark #MeToo trial on Wednesday, more than two weeks after he was found guilty of a first-degree criminal sex act and third-degree rape involving two different women.
The 67-year-old filmmaker has been in a legal battle with multiple women on sexual misconduct allegations, with Lupita Nyong’o, a Kenyan-Mexican actress, detailing her personal experience with Weinstein in 2017.
Before announcing the sentence, James Burke, the judge, told the once-celebrated Hollywood mogul that he was certifying him as a sex offender.
He would then hand Weinstein 20 years in prison for the criminal sex act and three years for the rape charge.
Before the sentence was handed down, the former movie producer, who appeared in court in a wheelchair and in handcuffs, had expressed concerns about the movement’s implication for men.
“I really feel remorse for this situation. I feel it deeply in my heart. I will spend my time really caring and really trying to be a better person,” he said.
While speaking about his accusers, he said: “I’m not going to say these aren’t great people, I had wonderful times with these people, you know. It is just I’m totally confused and I think men are confused about all of these issues.”
Quite a number of women have presented allegations of sexual misconduct, including rape, against Weinstein since October 2017.
He has, however, denied wrongdoings.
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