Harvey Weinstein was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault, a sight the disgraced Hollywood mogul’s multitude of accusers thought they would never see.
Weinstein, who has been accused of violating scores of women, was convicted last month of raping a once-aspiring actress in a New York City hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on former TV and film production assistant Mimi Haleyi at his apartment in 2006. He faced a maximum of 29 years in prison.
Both women confronting Weinstein again in court Wednesday after their testimony helped seal his conviction at the landmark #MeToo trial. The sentencing wraps up a New York trial that first began Jan. 6. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Weinstein’s team said they will appeal the jury’s decision to convict on two of the five charges. Today on AirTalk, we discuss the sentencing as Weinstein prepares to defend himself against charges filed earlier this year in Los Angeles. ABC News reports, The L.A. District Attorney’s filed four sexual assault felony charges against Weinstein for two separate incidencts in February of 2013.
With files from the Associated Press
Silva Megerditchian, CEO of SLM Law based in Los Angeles; she had worked at the LA County Public Defender’s Office for 7 years
Ambrosio Rodriguez, former prosecutor; he is currently a criminal defense attorney at The Rodriguez Law Group in Los Angeles; he led the sex crimes team in the Riverside D.A.’s office ; he tweets at @aer_attorney