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Former Hollywood giant Weinstein jailed for 16 more years for another rape

Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 16 years in prison by a judge after a jury convicted him of the rape and sexual assault of an Italian actor and model.

A Los Angeles judge has sentenced Weinstein for the 2013 rape and sexual assault of an Italian actor and model.

The sentence comes on top of the more than 20 years the 70-year-old Weinstein has left to serve for a similar 2020 conviction in New York, furthering the fall of the one-time movie magnate who became a MeToo magnet.

Weinstein directly appealed to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lisa B Lench, saying:

"I maintain that I'm innocent. I never raped or sexually assaulted Jane Doe 1."

The woman who Weinstein was convicted of raping sobbed in the courtroom as he spoke.

Moments earlier the woman identified only as Jane Doe 1 had told the judge about the pain she felt after being attacked by Weinstein.

"Before that night I was a very happy and confident woman. I valued myself and the relationship I had with God.
"I was excited about my future. Everything changed after the defendant brutally assaulted me. There is no prison sentence long enough to undo the damage."

Lench handed down the sentence on Thursday after rejecting a motion by Weinstein's lawyers for a new trial.

Jurors in December convicted Weinstein of one count of rape and two counts of sexual assault against the woman who at the trial's opening in October gave a dramatic and emotional account of him arriving uninvited at her hotel room, talking his way in and assaulting her during a film festival.

The jury spared Weinstein an even longer sentence when they acquitted him of the sexual battery of a massage therapist and failed to reach verdicts on counts involving two other women.

The defence contended during the trial that Weinstein had consensual sex with two of the women he was charged with assaulting and that two others - including the one who led to his conviction - were making up the incidents entirely.

Last week, Lench rejected a request from Gloria Allred, a lawyer for some of the women who testified at trial, to allow others to make similar statements in court about Weinstein.

"I'm not going to make this an open forum on Mr Weinstein's conduct," Lench said at the time.

Legal uncertainties will remain on both coasts for Weinstein.

New York's highest court has agreed to hear his appeal in his rape and sexual assault convictions there. 

And prosecutors in Los Angeles have yet to say whether they will retry Weinstein on counts they were unable to reach a verdict on.

It is not yet clear where he will serve his time while these issues are decided.

His New York sentence would be served before a California prison term although a retrial or other issues could keep him from being sent back there soon.

Weinstein is eligible for parole in New York in 2039.


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