Source: Hollywood Reporter, Photo Credit: CBS News
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 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 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 Burke, before issuing his sentence, told Weinstein that he will be formally registered as a sex offender.
For his conviction on the first-degree count of criminal sexual act, Weinstein was given 20 years in prison plus five years of supervised release. On the other convicted charge, third-degree rape, he was given three years in prison.
The judge decided to make the sentences consecutive, rather than concurrent.
Weinstein’s attorney Donna Rotunno called the sentencing “obscene” in a press conference outside the court house. “Of course it’s too harsh. It’s ridiculous,” she said, speaking to reporters. “That number was obnoxious. There are murderers who will get out of court faster than Harvey Weinstein will. That number spoke to the pressure of movements in the public, that number did not speak to the evidence that came out in trial. That number did not speak to the testimony that we heard. That number did not speak to evidence, nor did it speak to justice,” she said. Adding, “We were looking for fairness and we didn’t get it.”