Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers pleaded for mercy and a 5 year prison term, citing his public fall from grace, age and health.
They didn’t get it.
Yahoo reports Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years on sex crime convictions in New York on Wednesday.
That sentence includes 20 years for criminal sexual assault in the first degree, which stems from an accusation from former “Project Runway” production assistant Mimi Haley, and three years for rape in the third degree, which stems from an accusation from Jessica Mann, who is now being named by ABC News as she told the district attorney’s office after a verdict was reached she does not object to being named publicly.
The sentences are set to run consecutively.
Weinstein was “despondent and dejected” as he prepared for sentencing after being convicted earlier this month of sexually assaulting the two women, according to a spokesman.
“He’s not doing well,” Juda Engelmayer told ABC News on Tuesday evening. “He’s looking at the rest of his life and feeling dejected and despondent.”
Engelmayer said that numerous friends of Weinstein offered to write letters to the judge attesting to his character, but that every single person insisted on writing an anonymous letter to protect their own reputations.
“It shows you that even people who want to support you publicly would be vilified for doing so,” Engelmayer said.
Engelmayer declined to comment on a series of previously unpublished internal correspondences released on Monday between Weinstein and his colleagues and defense and public relations teams in the days following bombshell revelations about Weinstein’s past that first surfaced in The New York Times and The New Yorker in the fall of 2017.
The documents were unsealed this week at the request of numerous media outlets, including the New York Daily News and The New York Times.
“I have lost my family,” Weinstein wrote in one draft statement dated Dec. 21, 2017, according to the New York Daily News. “I have daughters that will not talk to me. I have lost my wife. I have lost the respect of my ex-wife and generally almost all of my friends. I have no company. I’m alone. And I will be honest with you: I’m suicidal.”