NEW YORK – Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced on Wednesday to 23 years in prison for sexual assault and rape after giving a rambling court statement sympathizing with men accused of sxual misconduct during the #MeToo era.
The sentence was handed down in Manhattan criminal court by Justice Jame Burke, with
Weinstein’s lawyer Donna Rotunno afterward denouncing the prison term as “obscene” and “cowardly” and saying the judge and jury “caved” under the pressure of the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse and harassment.
Weinstein was taken to New York’s Rikers Island following the sentencing. Hours later, he was transported to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for “ongoing heart problems and chest pains,” Juda Engelmayer, a spokesman for Weinstein, said in an email.
Weinstein underwent surgery at Bellevue to clear a heart blockage last week.
Engemayer said “we are hopeful he will be held overnight for observation given his recent heart procedure less than a week ago and his ongoing medical issues.” – Reuters