Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison for first degree sexual act and third-degree rape

Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison for first degree sexual act and third-degree rape

Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced for two counts of sexual assault in New York. Supreme Court Judge James Burke sentenced the disgraced movie mogul for 23 years.

Weinstein was convicted of committing a Criminal Sexual Act in the first degree and third-degree rape in court on February 24.

The sentencing ends Weinstein's New York trial, which started on January 6. Per The Hollywood Reporter, his team has said they will appeal the jury's decision to convict him on two of the five charges he faced.

The 67-year-old was found guilty of raping a woman in 2013, per the Guardian, and forcing oral sex on production assistant Miriam Haley in 2006.

The two convictions, which took five days for a jury in New York to reach on February 24, carried a maximum sentence of 29 years.

One of Weinstein's accusers, Rose McGowan, send him this message on his birthday: 

Weinstein is set to appeal the convictions, according to his lawyer Donna Rotunno, who said per the Guardian: "He took it like a man. He knows that we will continue to fight for him and knows that this is not over."

Per CNN, Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon has asked that Weinstein be given the maximum or near the maximum sentence, while defence attorneys have asked that he be given the minimum sentence: five years.

Following Weinstein's convictions, New York district attorney, Cyrus Vance, praised Weinstein's victims for speaking out - an act which had far-reaching consequences across the world by sparking the Me Too Movement.

"Weinstein with his manipulation, his resources, his attorneys, his publicists, and his spies did everything he could to silence the survivors. But they wouldn't be silenced, spoke from their hearts, and were heard," he said.

Harvey Weinstein arriving for his trial. Credit: PA Images

Since his conviction, Weinstein has been in custody between a secure wing of Bellevue hospital, where he recently received heart surgery, and the North Infirmary of Rikers Island prison.

In an interview with Page Six, his spokesperson Juda Engelmayer said that despite suffering a fall during this time, he was trying to keep his spirits up.

"He has had a lot of time to think about his life and be humbled, but he thinks it's going to be a long, uphill battle from here."

Weinstein's defense lawyers argued that his mitigation should be his "remarkable accomplishments" in the world of film and argued for their client to receive the lowest possible sentence of five years.