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Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison for assault

By Alexandra Heilbron on March 11, 2020 | 7 Comments


Harvey WeinsteinHarvey Weinstein photo by David Shankbone has been sentenced to 23 years in prison by Judge James Burke in a New York Supreme State Court for forcibly performing oral sex on former production assistant Miriam Haley in 2006 and raping one-time aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013.

Both accusers gave victim impact statements. Haley told the court: “It scarred me deeply, mentally and emotionally, perhaps irreparably, perhaps forever.” She added, “If Harvey Weinstein had not been convicted by this jury, it would have happened again and again and again. I’m relieved he will now know he’s not above the law. I’m relieved there are women out there who are safer because he’s not out there.”

Mann also spoke up, saying: “I want to remind you I told Harvey, ‘no’ … I am forced to carry that experience until I die.”

Weinstein has been accused of assaulting more than 90 women, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd and Uma Thurman, of using his power to demand sexual favors, threatening to ruin their careers and even kill them if they didn’t comply and often forcing himself on them despite their objections.

Prosecutors claimed the earliest example of him sexually assaulting a woman began in Buffalo in 1978, when he was working as a music producer.

As his accusers cried with relief in the front row of the court room, Weinstein, who was expressionless as the sentence was read out, was led past them on his way to prison. ~Alexandra Heilbron



Comments & Discussion

  1. Gwen • March 11, 2020 @ 2:22 PM

    YES!! Thank goodness he will now be off the streets!

  2. Karen • March 11, 2020 @ 8:49 PM

    I can’t express how happy this makes me 😊😊😊😊

  3. JOE • March 12, 2020 @ 9:56 AM

    Now….
    This guy is now in jail.
    Woman…. he has raped or assaulted you once.
    How many times have you told the story to yourself. Relived it over and over.
    Now…
    It’s over.
    Stop it now.
    He did it once.
    You do it to you over and over.

    With Love,
    Joe

  4. Leif • March 12, 2020 @ 12:05 PM

    GOoD!

    Divine Justice Wins.
    ~/~

    Amen

  5. Terry • March 12, 2020 @ 12:08 PM

    What a waste of bloody time!! You MUST know of course that they will drag this on & on — appeal after appeal for the next few years at least!! The man has money — y’all know how moneyed people spend their sentences —- it’s under house arrest with all the luxuries of home — maids, cooks, home theatres, parties, plenty of young female overnight visitors, etc, etc.
    As well, he’s trying to use bad health as a means to get out of prison time, and just yesterday he complained of chest pains — never mind the walker he has on constant display to feign poor health.
    He will get off, one way or the other. The MOST any of us can expect is that he will be under house arrest — and even so, he will get granted many day paroles without public knowledge.
    Like I said —- what a damn waste of time wishing & hoping that this slime ball will be served his due justice.

  6. Carl • March 12, 2020 @ 2:09 PM

    Yay!!!! scumbag a##hole, thinking he is better than other people

  7. Dan • March 12, 2020 @ 5:07 PM

    Um, Joe, that’s not how trauma and/or mental health works…but keep being unintelligent and victim blaming people. So many foolish people (particularly cis-men).


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