Disgraced Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein, 70, was just sentenced to 16 years in prison, making it all but certain that he’ll spend the rest of his life behind bars.
The latest sentencing decision was handed down in Los Angeles Thursday morning, nearly two months after he was found guilty of three counts of rape and sexual assault, per Variety. Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year sentence in New York following convictions for rape and sexual assault from a 2020 guilty conviction.
His most recent convictions stem from an accuser referred to as Jane Doe #1, a European model who testified she was raped by Weinstein at Mr. C Hotel after the L.A. Italia Film Festival in 2013.
Jurors determined Weinstein was guilty of forcible rape and other charges relating to Jane Doe #1, not guilty of sexual battery for Jane Doe #3, and came back with a hung jury for counts related to Jane Doe #2 and California’s first lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom.
Weinstein was also acquitted of a sexual battery allegation made by another woman, as The Daily Wire previously reported. Jurors reached the verdict after nearly 41 hours of deliberations over 10 days in December 2022. The film producer pleaded not guilty on all seven counts. He was facing up to 24 additional years in prison.
Meanwhile, Weinstein’s lawyers have been fighting to get their client a new trial and a new jury from his 2020 sex crimes conviction. New York’s Court of Appeals agreed to hear Weinstein’s appeal.
Prosecutors argued that Weinstein was a sexual predator who wielded his power over women while the film producer’s defense team countered that the women engaged in “transactional sex” to establish their Hollywood careers and did so willingly.
Weinstein was originally a kingpin of the entertainment industry and is the co-founder of Miramax. His legend status fell apart in 2017 when more and more women came forward to accuse the producer of sexual misconduct in what would later become the beginning of the #MeToo movement. The story of Weinstein’s rise and downfall was even turned into a movie, “She Said” (2022).
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To date, more than 100 women have accused Weinstein of various sex crimes. The former entertainment mogul denies that the sexual acts were non-consensual and maintains that his accusers were seeking to advance their positions in the entertainment industry.