Harvey Weinstein gets dismissed appeal: Jail sentence for sexual assault upheld

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“We are disappointed, but not surprised.”

That’s what Harvey Weinstein’s spokeswoman Yehuda Engelmayer said on Thursday, when a unanimous panel of judges in New York denied any wrongdoing in the trial, which in February 2020 sentenced the longtime filmmaker to 23 years in prison for sexually assaulting several women.

It writes Variety.

Thus, Harvey Weinstein can continue to sit in the Twin Tower Detention Center in Los Angeles as he is not allowed to take his case on.

“We are examining all our options and will appeal to the Court of Appeal and beyond,” stressed Judah Engelmayer.


FILE.  Legal Signature: At the court in New York, Harvey Weinstein was in a wheelchair.  His lawyers have previously stated that his health is inadequate and that he needs extensive treatment so as not to go blind, among other things.

FILE. Legal Signature: At the court in New York, Harvey Weinstein was in a wheelchair. His lawyers have previously stated that his health is inadequate and that he needs extensive treatment so as not to go blind, among other things.
Photo: Elizabeth Williams

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Weinstein’s lawyers have criticized the original trial as “unbalanced” because the prosecutor used a number of witnesses to establish the filmmaker’s general ills, which were not directly related to the case, while lacking concrete evidence of his sexual crimes.

But here, Thursday’s panel of judges thus ruled that trial judge James Burke “exercised his discretion with caution” despite “the amount of state court material permitted by the court.”

For prosecutor Alvin Bragg, who represented the victims of Harvey Weinstein, the dismissal of the appeal was good news.

“We are pleased with today’s decision, which upholds a monumental verdict that changed the way prosecutors and courts approach complex prosecutions of sexual perpetrators,” the prosecutor said after the appeal.

Harvey Weinstein is awaiting – now in addition to another appeal case – also another lawsuit after eleven more charges of sexual assault.

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