Harvey Weinstein was sentenced Wednesday in a New York courtroom to 23 years in prison and has become symbol of why women should be encouraged speak out against sexual abuse. He had a few choice words at the hearing that decided his fate.
“I really feel remorse for this situation,” the former Hollywood producer said, his voice barely audible, as he addressed the court before the sentence was handed down. “I feel it deeply in my heart. I will spend my time really caring and really trying to be a better person.”
“I’m not going to say these aren’t great people, I had wonderful times with these people, you know,” Weinstein said of his accusers. “It is just I’m totally confused and I think men are confused about all of these issues.”
CNN reports that Judge James Burke sentenced him to 20 years in prison for first-degree criminal sexual act and three years in prison for third-degree rape. The sentences will run consecutively and both come with five years of supervision after release, and Weinstein also must register as a sex offender.
"Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers say he’ll die behind bars if sentenced to more than five years"
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) March 11, 2020
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