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“His wife divorced him, he was fired from the Weinstein Company, and in short, he lost everything,” Weinstein’s lawyers wrote, adding that in addition to the prison sentence, Weinstein will face “collateral consequences.” “Mr. Weinstein cannot walk outside without being heckled, he has lost his means to earn a living, simply put, his fall from grace has been historic, perhaps unmatched in the age of social media.” His attorney made these remarks while pleading for a lesser sentence for the former powerful man of Hollywood.
Weinstein’s legal team asked the judge for the minimum five-year sentence, citing the producer’s age (at 67 years old, “the grave reality is that Mr. Weinstein may not even outlive that term”), his philanthropic efforts, his contributions to film and his lack of a prior criminal record.
On the other hand, the prosecutors, while pushing for maximum sentence declared: “[Weinstein] has consistently advanced his own sordid desires and fixations over the well-being of others,” prosecutors said. “He has destroyed people’s lives and livelihoods or threatened to do so on whim.”
Weinstein who was granted 10 minutes to make a statement to the court prior to his sentencing, Weinstein admitted he had “deep remorse” for his behavior but also condemned the #MeToo era.
“I am totally confused. I think men are confused about all of this…this feeling of thousands of men and women who are losing due process, I’m worried about this country,” Weinstein said. “This is not the right atmosphere in the United States of America.”
Minutes later, Judge James Baker handed down the 23-year sentence, which included a 20-year sentence (plus five years of supervised release) for the first-degree criminal sex act and a three-year sentence for the third-degree rape conviction. Baker also ordered that the sentences be served consecutively – one after the other – as opposed to concurrently.