Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein has now been sentenced to 23 years in prison, per the New York Times.
The disgraced producer was sentenced after he was found guilty of criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree. The minimum sentencing was five years, and the maximum was 29 years.
The 67-year-old has been at Riker's Island between the verdict and the sentencing. According to the Times, all six of the women who gave graphic accounts on the witness stand of Weinstein’s sexual assaults had entered the courtroom together, taking seats in the front row of the gallery for the sentencing. The decision marks a major milestone in the #MeToo movement, which gained headway after the Times's bombshell report on Weinstein's assaults in 2017.
Weinstein was convicted last month of rape in the third degree for assaulting actress Jessica Mann in a New York City hotel room in 2013, and of committing a criminal sex act for forcing oral sex on former production assistant Mimi Haley in 2006.
Tina Tchen, president and CEO of the TIME’S UP Foundation, responded to the sentencing saying, “First and foremost, we are grateful for the courage and strength of Mimi Haleyi, Jessica Mann, Annabella Sciorra, Dawn Dunning, Tarale Wulff, and Lauren Young, who bravely testified in court, and we remain in solidarity with the more than 100 survivors who suffered abuse, harassment, and rape at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. The trauma of sexual assault and harassment is lifelong — we can only hope that today’s sentence brings all of the survivors of Harvey Weinstein some measure of peace."
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