Weinstein faces 23 years in prison on appeal
Harvey Weinstein (70), a big film producer who committed sex crimes against Hollywood actresses and female company employees for more than 30 years, was sentenced to 23 years in prison at the appeals court.
The New York Times (NYT) reported on the 2nd (local time) that the New York Court of Appeals maintained the first trial’s ruling that sentenced Weinstein to 23 years in prison for sex crimes.
Earlier, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison in the first trial of New York State in 2020 while accused of sexually assaulting an aspiring actress and a TV production assistant.
Weinstein’s side took issue with the prosecution’s putting three women on the witness stand who said they were damaged by Weinstein during the first trial.
This is because the prosecution did not include the damage claimed by the women in the indictment.
In the end, the prosecution argued that they had an unfair influence on the jury by making them make unilateral claims on the witness stand.
However, the court refused to accept Weinstein’s claim, saying, “The witnesses provided useful information.”
In the 1970s, Weinstein became a Hollywood mogul by distributing hit films such as Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” after founding the film distributor Miramax.
However, after an article on his sex crimes came out in 2017, he claimed that famous actresses such as Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek were also damaged, leading to a worldwide “Me Too Movement.”
In addition to his conviction in New York, Weinstein is also awaiting further trial in Los Angeles on another sex crime charge.