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March 11, 2020
By APB Staff Writer
Downtown Manhattan: Onlookers and media from around the world gathered outside the New York City Criminal Court on Centre Street to await Harvey Weinstein’s criminal sentencing.
After hearing emotional statements by the actress who accused the disgraced movie producer, Judge James Burke sentenced the 67 year old convicted rapist him to 20 years in prison for criminal sexual act and three years in prison for rape. The sentences will run consecutively and both come with five years of supervision after release, and Weinstein must register as a sex offender.
Weinstein’s Defense Attorney Donna Rotunno criticized the punishment, characterizing it as “obscene” and argued that it was the result of an unfair trial. Ms. Rotunno says she will file an appeal in July.
Weinstein also faces felony charges of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint in Los Angeles. The LA District Attorney filed the paperwork with NY to start the extradition process.
For many, this is the start of relief and healing and for others, it’s the reopening of wounds and relive the nightmare they encountered when the west coast trial begins.