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Harvey Weinstein was on suicide watch after being sentenced to 23 years behind bars

Harvey Weinstein was on suicide watch after being sentenced to 23 years behind bars image

Harvey Weinstein was on suicide watch as he faces dying behind bars after being sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault.

The once-powerful movie producer was sentenced to 20 years for forcibly performing oral sex on production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006.

He was given three years for third-degree rape for his attack on Jessica Mann in 2013.

Judge James Burke ordered Weinstein to serve the sentences consecutively and sentenced him to five years of post-release supervision for each charge.

Harvey Weinstein

Weinstein, 67, was acquitted of two more serious charges of predatory sexual assault, which could have come with a life sentence when he was found guilty last month.

Before being sentenced, the producer and his legal team had pleaded for leniency as he faced a maximum of 29 years.

He told the Manhattan Supreme Court he had “deep remorse” for his crimes but said he was “totally confused.”

“I feel it deeply in my heart. I will spend my time really caring and really trying to be a better person,” Weinstein said.

“First of all, to all the women who testified you may have given the truths. I have a great deal of remorse for all of you.”

Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant, was sexually assaulted by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein

Incredibly, he then told the court he had a “wonderful time” with those who accused him of sexual assault.

Weinstein said: “We are going through this crisis right now in this country. The movement (#MeToo) basically started with me, now there are thousands of men who are being accused.

“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.”

He added: “This is not the right atmosphere in the United States of America.”

Both of his victims delivered powerful “victim impact” statements before his sentence was read out.

Harvey Weinstein’s victims Lysette Anthony and Louise Godbold

London-based production assistant Haley, who was sexually assaulted by Weinstein, 67, in his apartment, told the judge she was left emotionally damaged by her assault.

“He violated my trust, my body and my basic right to reject his sexual advances,” said the 42-year-old.

“When he attacked me that evening, it scarred me emotionally and physically. It diminished my confidence and faith in people and my confidence and faith in myself.

“At the time all of this happened, I thought I was alone in this. I had no idea there were others.”

She added he attacked her “with physical force, with no regard for anything I said, my protests, physical resistance. It scarred me deeply, mentally, emotionally, perhaps forever.”

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She began crying while discussing the horror of testifying.

“I showed up not as a perfect victim but as a human being,” she said tearfully.

Haley added: “This incident with Harvey Weinstein altered the course of my life.

“I’m relieved that there are women out there who are safer because he’s not out there.”

Mann, who was raped throughout an abusive relationship with the powerhouse film producer, spoke of the impact Weinstein had had on her life.

She said: “My rape was preventable. This was a known offender whose previous crimes were covered up in a paper trail.

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“I don’t know how to explain the horrors of being raped by someone who has power.

“The impact on the psyche is profound. Rape is not just one moment, it is forever.”

Haley said she felt Weinstein showed a lack of remorse or acknowledgement for his crimes and asked the judge to consider a sentence “long enough for Harvey Weinstein to acknowledge what he has done.”

Mann spoke out as to why she did not physically resist Weinstein, telling the judge it was a typical response for a rape victim.

The 34-year-old said the millionaire “had every advantage over me, given the immense physical stature of Harvey Weinstein’s height and weight and ox-like strength.”

She also used her address to respond to Weinstein’s legal team who centred upon the fact she remained in touch with the producer after the alleged rape.

Weinstein was convicted of third-degree rape and committing a first-degree criminal sexual act

“As his lawyers twist the truth, and even lie, I swore to come here and tell the whole truth, only to be asked yes or no questions,” Mann said.

“There is still so much left unsaid about his abusive relationships.

“I wish I had been able to fight him.

“I want to remind you I told Harvey ‘no’. I thought I would be able to assert my no and reserve the right to my autonomy.”

At one point Mann referenced drug charges that she said carry longer sentence recommendations than her third-degree rape.

“How am I not worth more than cocaine?” she said.

Actress Rose McGowan has also accused Weinstein of rape

Haley and Mann sat in the front row of the courtroom alongside Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, Dawn Dunning, Lauren Young, and Tarale Wulff,

all of whom testified against him during his trial.

As they spoke, Weinstein looked on, stirring in a state of stunned disbelief.

He had been pushed into court in a wheelchair before prosecutors urged Justice James Burke to give him the “maximum sentence” of 29 years.

His attorneys asked he be sentenced to the minimum, five years, citing his poor health and advanced age.

Earlier they had written to the judge saying asking for a five-year sentence saying they feared he may die behind bars if longer.

Witness Jessica Mann arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court to testify in the trial of Harvey Weinstein

Ahead of his appearance, his lawyers have filed legal documents to claim a prison sentence longer than the mandatory minimum of five years would essentially be “a de facto life sentence”.

“The grave reality is that Mr Weinstein may not even outlive that term,”attorneys wrote in a letter to Judge Burke.

The lawyers also asked the judge to consider how their client’s life was “destroyed” and how he “lost everything” since he was first exposed in 2017in an article by Ronan Farrow.

“Mr Weinstein was constantly maligned by the media, having long since been convicted in the court of public opinion,” they wrote.

“His fall from grace has been historic, perhaps unmatched in the age of social media.”

But in court, Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi said Weinstein’s conviction demonstrated his money and fame were not able to subvert the justice system.

Weinstein’s sexual misconduct helped spark the #MeToo movement

“Every argument that could’ve been made on his behalf was made, and the system worked,” she said.

Illuzzi pressed Judge Burke to give Weinstein the maximum or close to the maximum sentence.

“[Weinstein] made movies,” she said.

“He got to go to parties, he walked the red carpet and mingled with all the stars, and he held the dreams of many people in his hands, and how did he use that power?

“He got drunk off that power. The young struggling dreamers were not even people to him.

“He refers to himself as a sex addict and an anger addict. What is sexual assault? It’s an act of violent assault on someone else’s body that be design, demoralises them.”

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She said Weinstein lived “a life rooted in criminality, criminality that has gone unchecked for decades.”

Illuzzi praised Haley and Mann for coming forward with their allegations.

“The defendant would never have been stopped from hurting and destroying more lives,” she said.

“Every one of these women represents the strength and fortitude of every moral person who stands up and says, ‘Enough.'”

Weinstein still faces charges in Los Angeles for alleged assaults on an unnamed Italian actress and Young, 30, who testified at his Manhattan trial as supporting witnesses.

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Young has alleged Weinstein trapped her in a Beverly Hills hotel suite bathroom in February 2013 and masturbated while groping her.

The Metropolitan Police have an ongoing investigation into the producer over claims he assaulted 11 women in the UK.

Officers from Scotland Yard have flown to the US to interview victims for their case, which was opened in October 2017, even though there seems little prospect of the US extraditing Weinstein for trial in Britain.

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