Harvey Weinstein lived a life most can only imagine. A Hollywood movie producer, and convicted rapist. Two years ago women began coming forward saying that Weinstein, sexually assaulted or raped them. Over 80 women spoke up accusing Harvey of various sex crimes.
The accusations began the #MeToo movement encouraging women around the globe that it was not okay to take advantage of women. Verbally or physically. On Wednesday Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison. He received 20 years for a criminal sexual act in the first degree and three years for rape in the third degree. He was also sentenced to 10 years of post-release surveillance for assaulting two women in New York. Weinstein is 67 he will be 90 when he’s released.
Before he was sentenced the Hollywood mogul said that he was worried about the movement’s implication for men and due process.
Harvey had a few words to say and spoke about his role in the #MeToo movement. He believed he had legitimate relationships with his accusers.
“I believed thousands of men are losing due process and I’m worried about the country. I had no great power in the industry and couldn’t blackball anyone.”
Mimi Haley of Weinstein’s accusers said if he were not convicted, she believed he would victimize women again and again and again. Haley also said she hoped the sentencing was long enough for Weinstein to acknowledge what he’s done and to be truly sorry.
(Cover photo courtesy of CNN, video courtesy of BBC, source NBC News)