NEW YORK — After dozens of women came forward to share stories of alleged sexual assault at the hands of one of Hollywood’s most powerful figures, Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison on Wednesday.
Weinstein was convicted last month of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haley and aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2006 and 2013, respectively, after a dramatic weeks-long trial in Lower Manhattan. The Miramax co-founder has denied all wrongdoing and plans to appeal.
Six women testified against Weinstein during the trial, describing interactions with him that were a combination of brutally violent and mentally draining. Mann, who had a consensual but abusive relationship with Weinstein that she alleged turned violent whenever she refused Weinstein’s advances, had to be helped from the stand and was led out of court sobbing in the midst of three days of marathon testimony last month.