Harvey Weinstein, the titan of Hollywood turned convicted rapist, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison on Wednesday in New York. The fallen mogul was handed down his punishment by Judge James Burke at the New York supreme court having been convicted of two counts of sexual assault. Lawyers for Weinstein pleaded with the judge for the minimum sentence of five years in prison.
In the most high-profile trial of the #MeToo movement yet, a New York jury on Monday found Weinstein guilty of third-degree rape for an attack in a New York hotel and guilty of a criminal sex act for forcing oral sex on a former television production assistant. Next, Weinstein is due to face a criminal case in LA, which stems from investigations by law enforcement in southern California into eight allegations.
New York Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and his former company, the Weinstein Company, alleging that the studio failed to protect staff from Weinstein. The lawsuit alleges Weinstein abused female employees and made verbal threats to kill staff members. The film producer is facing dozens of allegations of sexual abuse, and the latest move will complicate the proposed sale of the Weinstein Company.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of rapes and sexual harassment, after a meeting on Saturday. The statement issued following the meeting reads that the board had voted “to immediately expel him from the Academy.” BAFTA too has suspended Weinstein’s membership.