LOS ANGELES — Harvey Weinstein, the movie producer whose treatment of women propelled the #MeToo movement in 2017, was sentenced on Thursday to 16 years in prison for committing sex crimes in Los Angeles County according to CBC News.
Mr. Weinstein was ordered to serve the Los Angeles sentence after finishing the 23-year term that he is serving from his sexual assault conviction in New York in 2020. The sentencing on Thursday all but ensures that the 70-year-old former Hollywood mogul, who is in declining health, will spend the rest of his life in prison.
In December, jurors in Los Angeles Superior Court found Mr. Weinstein guilty on three counts: forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and sexual penetration by a foreign object. All three counts were related to one woman, referred to as Jane Doe 1 in court, who said she was raped at her hotel in February 2013 while in town to attend the Los Angeles Italia Film Festival.
Mr. Weinstein was not convicted on four other allegations. He was acquitted of one count of sexual battery involving a massage therapist. The jurors could not decide on two counts related to accusations made by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker and the wife of Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, nor could they agree on one count stemming from allegations by Lauren Young, a model and screenwriter.
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“I’m not going to make this an open forum on Mr. Weinstein’s conduct,” Lench said at the time.
The Associated Press does not typically name people who say they have been sexually assaulted.
Dave Ring, an attorney for Jane Doe 1, said Weinstein’s 16-year sentence provided her “with closure and relief, knowing Weinstein will spend the rest of his life in prison where he belongs.”
Weinstein avoided an even longer sentence when the jury acquitted him of the sexual battery of a massage therapist and failed to reach verdicts on counts involving two other women.
Weinstein is eligible for parole in New York in 2039.