Harvey Weinstein serves 23 years in prison: Now his sentence can be extended by up to 18 years

At the end of February, Harvey Weinstein will be told whether he can become a free man at the age of 90, or whether he must sit in prison until he is over 100 years old.

The former film producer is already serving a sentence of 23 years, but at the end of February that sentence can be extended by up to 18 years. That was determined by a judge in Los Angeles on Monday, writes Variety.

Five years ago, Weinstein became the face of the MeToo movement when a number of women in the film industry accused him of sexual assault.

In 2020, he was sentenced to 23 years in prison in a New York state court. But in December, Harvey Weinstein stood in a courtroom again. This time he was found guilty of three more counts of rape and sexual assault.

On December 19, 2022, Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of three more counts of rape. Photo John Nacion
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On February 23, the 70-year-old former film producer will be told exactly how many years in prison the new conditions will cost him.

At the trial in Los Angeles, Weinstein was accused of seven counts of rape and assault committed against four different women. According to the prosecutor, all the crimes took place between 2004 and 2013.

Weinstein himself, who arrived in court in a wheelchair, claimed that the women had consented to the conditions. An explanation that none of the women has been able to recognise.

The judge in the case has only found evidence that the three cases, all committed against the same woman, could lead to another conviction for Weinstein. The charges Weinstein is found guilty of are rape, forced oral sex and sexual penetration with a foreign body.

Now it is up to the defense and the prosecution to come up with their own bids on how long the additional sentence for the new circumstances should be, before the judge makes his final decision at the end of February.

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