Hollywood’s disgraced film producer, Harvey Weinstein, has been hit with yet another prison sentence, this time in Los Angeles. The 70-year-old is already serving time in New York and has now been sentenced to an additional 16 years for rape and sexual assault charges dating back to 2013.
Weinstein has been accused of rape and misconduct by more than 80 people, dating back as far as the late 1970s. The Los Angeles trial found him guilty of one count of rape and two counts of sexual assault, while he was acquitted of one count of sexual battery. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on three other sexual assault counts.
The victim, known as Jane Doe 1, spoke out before the sentencing, recounting the trauma she has endured since the assault. She stated that there is no prison sentence long enough to undo the damage that Weinstein has caused her.
Weinstein’s legal team asked for a three-year sentence citing his declining health, charitable donations, and his children. However, the judge rejected their request, and Weinstein is expected to appeal the sentence.
This latest conviction is seen as a significant moment in the #MeToo movement, which exposed rampant sexual abuse and harassment in the entertainment industry. As an entertainment journalist, it’s clear that Weinstein’s once powerful career has come to a screeching halt, and his crimes will forever taint his legacy in Hollywood.