Harvey Weinstein is asking for a lenient prison term ahead of his sentencing on Wednesday, March 11.
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ on Tuesday, the convicted rapist is requesting 5 years behind bars after being found guilty last month of third-degree rape against former aspiring actress Jessica Mann, and one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree against former “Project Runway” production assistant Mimi Haley. The disgraced Hollywood producer faces a maximum of 29 years in jail.
Per the papers, Weinstein’s counsel describes his “fall from grace” as “historic, perhaps unmatched in the age of social media."
While citing Ronan Farrow’s bombshell New Yorker exposé, in which numerous women accuse Weinstein of misconduct, the lawyers write, “Since the New Yorker article was published in 2017, Mr. Weinstein's life has been destroyed. His wife [Georgina Chapman] divorced him, he was fired from The Weinstein Company, and in short, he lost everything."
In their argument for a light jail sentence, the 67-year-old’s attorneys cite his otherwise nonexistent criminal history, and his charitable donations — including the millions of dollars he has donated to 9/11 firefighters and police officers.
Despite the jury’s ruling, the lawyers claim that "both [victims] continued consensual relationships with Mr. Weinstein after the alleged assaults and contacted him for jobs, tickets, and professional advice."
"... the trial did not fairly portray who he is as a person. His life story, his accomplishments, and struggles are simply remarkable and should not be disregarded in total because of a jury's verdict,” his counsel added.
On the other hand, prosecutors are asking the judge to impose a sentence that reflects the seriousness of Weinstein’s crimes, his lack of remorse, and the need to deter him from future illegalities.
Weinstein is also facing a trial in Los Angeles. He stands accused of raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents in 2013.