Weinstein jailed for 23 years in rape trial

Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault.

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was found guilty in a trial in New York last month.

The 67-year-old appeared in court on Wednesday in a wheelchair.

His lawyers tried to bid on his health condition and had appealed for leniency, saying even the minimum sentence of five years could be a “life sentence”.

Prosecutors in their turn argued Weinstein should be given the maximum possible sentence given his predatory “lifetime of abuse” towards women and “lack of remorse” for his actions.

During the process Weinstein repeatedly denied any wrongdoings. His lawyers attempted to push through saying that ‘Weinstein never had nonconsensual sex with any woman’.

On Wednesday Weinstein addressed the court for the first time since October 2017 , saying he had “deep remorse” but described him and other men as “totally confused” by events in comments seen as critical to the #MeToo movement.

Weinstein was found guilty of committing a first-degree criminal sexual act against production assistant Miriam Haley in 2006 and of the third-degree rape of aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013.

New York jurors acquitted him of the most serious charges, of predatory sexual assault, which could have seen him given an even longer jail term.

All six women who testified against him during his trial sat together on Wednesday as he was sentenced and told to register as a sex offender.

Weinstein still faces further criminal charges, for rape and sexual assault, in Los Angeles, where officials have started extradition proceedings.

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