Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault, meaning he will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. His lawyers had requested just five years from Judge James Burke, who oversaw the State Supreme Court trial in Manhattan.
Before his sentencing, Weinstein reportedly spoke to Burke, saying: “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 was convicted on two counts of rape, with the jury finding him guilty for forcibly performing oral sex on production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping aspiring actress Jessica Mann in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013.
Just hours after the sentence was imposed, the Los Angeles district attorney’s office began the process of having Weinstein extradited to California to face charges of both rape and assault.