Hillary Clinton is hanging her head in shame after the judge just threw the book at Harvey Weinstein, her long-time donor.
Judge James Burke just sentenced Harvey, a convicted rapist, to 23 years in prison – basically a life sentence especially when you consider he still faces charges in California.
From The Hollywood Reporter: Harvey Weinstein will spend 23 years in a New York State prison after being sentenced by Supreme Court judge James Burke on Wednesday morning.
Weinstein was convicted on Feb. 24 of committing a Criminal Sexual Act in the first degree and third-degree rape.
The sentencing ends Weinstein’s New York trial, which began on Jan. 6. His team has said they will appeal the jury’s decision to convict him on two of the five charges he faced.
Judge James Burke, before issuing his sentence, told Weinstein that he will be formally registered as a sex offender.
From USA Today:
Judge James Burke pronounced the sentence after Weinstein’s victims scathingly denounced him while demanding the stiffest punishment possible, and after Weinstein addressed the court to express remorse to all the women who testified against him.
“I feel remorse for this situation. I feel it deep in my heart. I’m really trying to be a better person,” Weinstein said, addressing his victims.
He said he “would do a lot of things over. I would care less about the movies, and care more about my children and my family…I may never see my children again.”
Weinstein was convicted on Feb. 24 of third-degree rape of aspiring actress Jessica Mann, 34, in a New York hotel room in 2013, and first-degree sexual assault of production assistant Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi, 42, in 2006.
“He violated my trust, my body and my basic right to reject his sexual advances,” said Haleyi, who was the first of his victims to speak. “When he attacked me that evening, it scarred me emotionally and physically. It diminished my confidence and faith in people, and my confidence and faith in myself.
“I’m relieved he will now know he’s not above the law.”
Haleyi began crying when she described herself as “not the perfect victim but as a human being,” who is healing.
Mann went next, beginning her statement by attacking the defense. She said she had been “grilled” on the stand by lawyers who “twist the truth.” She described the “horrors” of being raped by someone much bigger than she.
“My rape was preventable,” Mann said. She was visibly emotional but did not cry. “This was a known offender whose previous crimes were covered up in a paper trail” of non-disclosure agreements. “I am forced to carry that experience until I die. It is a recurring nightmare that i feel is just as real as when it happened.”
She described Weinstein as “a senior citizen who is literally crumbling” before our eyes.
“Behind bars, Harvey can have the chance to rehabilitate while being held accountable for his crimes,” she said as she asked for the “maximum” sentence.