Harvey Weinstein will officially be spending the rest of his life behind bars after being sentenced to an additional 16 years in prison.
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Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 16 more years in prison after being convicted of rape and sexual assault. Weinstein, the co-founder of Miramax, came into prominence as a producer by creating Pulp Fiction, The Producers, The Crying Game, and other prominent Hollywood productions. In 2017, Weinstein stepped down as co-chairman in 2017 after victims came forward to reveal that he had been sexually abusing them for years.
Weinstein is already serving a 23-year prison sentence for previous instances of sexual assault. Now, after being found guilty of three charges in an LA court, Weinstein will be spending an additional 16 years in prison for similar crimes, as CNN reports, after begging that the judge not sentence him to life in prison. In addition to his 23-year sentence, 16 years will likely mean life behind bars for the 70-year-old prisoner.
A History Of The Harvey Weinstein Allegations
Weinstein’s criminal actions came to light after The New York Times released an exposé in October 2017. His victims asserted that Weinstein had forced them to offer sexual favors in exchange for positions in his films and opportunities that would benefit their careers. The reports stretched back three decades and were a major catalyst for the #MeToo movement, which is still working to eliminate harassment in Hollywood.
While Weinstein apologized and began a leave of absence, he continued to deny the allegations. Shortly after, he was fired from his post as more reports about Weinstein’s long history of sexual assault continued to emerge. Several months later in May 2018, Weinstein turned himself in to the New York Police Department, where the police filed several charges against him, including a charge of rape and other forms of sexual misconduct.
Despite Weinstein’s not-guilty plea, he was convicted in February 2020 for sexual assaults that took place in 2006 and 2013. Still, more reports were continuing to emerge and more charges were being filed. As other Hollywood figures, including Bill Cosby, are accused of sexual assault, Weinstein’s illegal and abhorrent behavior remains a shadow over Hollywood as the industry works to ensure that no other producers can ever abuse their positions as Harvey Weinstein did.
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