Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in New York State Prison Wednesday, making him the latest high profile casualty of the #MeToo Movement.
State Supreme Court Judge James Burke’s sentence concludes Weinstein’s New York trial in which he was convicted of committing a criminal sexual act in the first-degree and third-degree rape.
The judge slapped Weinstein with 20 years in prison, plus five years of supervised release for the first-degree count and three years in prison for the third-degree rape count. The disgraced movie mogul was also informed by the judge that he will be formally registered as a sex offender.
The New York trial began on Jan. 6 , culminating in the jury’s conviction on Feb. 24 and today’s sentencing. Weinstein’s legal team said they intend to appeal.
During a press conference outside the courthouse, Weinstein attorney Donna Rotunno said of the sentencing: “That number was obnoxious.”
“There are murderers who will get out of court faster than Harvey Weinstein will,” Rotunno added. “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.”