Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.
On Wednesday, New York State Supreme Court Justice James Burke handed the disgraced Hollywood producer a 20-year term for committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree against former “Project Runway” production assistant Mimi Haley, and a three-year term for third-degree rape against former aspiring actress Jessica Mann.
All six women who testified against the 67-year-old in his New York state criminal case — including Tarale Wulff, Annabella Sciorra, Dawn Dunning, and Lauren Young — were present for the hearing, and sat in the front row.
Actress Rosie Perez, who testified in support of Sciorra’s claims, walked in with the accusers and sat in the second row.
Prior to his sentencing, Weinstein addressed his accusers, telling them, “I have great remorse for all of you. I have great remorse for all women.”
However, Weinstein said he was “totally confused” by his charges, adding, “I think men are confused about all of this... this feeling of thousands of men and women who are losing due process. I’m worried about this country. This is not the right atmosphere in the United States of America.”
During his reported 20-minute speech, Weinstein admitted to being unfaithful to both of his ex-wives, Eve Chilton and Georgina Chapman, and acknowledged, “If I had to do a lot of things over, I would care less about movies and more about my children and my family.”
“I really feel remorse for this situation. I feel it deeply in my heart,” he concluded.
Per legal documents filed Monday, Weinstein’s counsel asked for a five-year sentence, citing a variety of factors including his otherwise nonexistent criminal history, charitable donations, and the claim that “both [Haley and Mann] continued consensual relationships with Mr. Weinstein after the alleged assaults and contacted him for jobs, tickets, and professional advice.”
Weinstein is also facing a trial in Los Angeles, where he has been accused of raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents in 2013.
Throughout his tumultuous legal journey, he has maintained his innocence with regard to the charges.