A couple of weeks ago, a jury found Harvey Weinstein guilty of rape and sexual assault in New York City. And now, we know that the former Hollywood mogul is going to spend a long, long time in prison.
According to Deadline, Weinstein has just been sentenced to 23 years in prison for the convictions that were handed down last month. This is on the higher-end of what people were predicting, with the criminal’s attorney’s hoping for leniency of some kind. Obviously, a shorter sentence is out of the question, and Weinstein’s representation isn’t happy.
“The sentence just handed down by this court was obscene,” Weinstein’s attorney Donna Rotunno said. “That number was obnoxious. There are murderers who will get out of court (sic) faster than Harvey Weinstein will. That number spoke to the pressure of movements and the public. That number did not speak to evidence, nor did it speak to justice. I am overcome with anger at that number. I think that number is a cowardly number to give. I think the judge caved, just as I believe the jury caved, and I am not happy.”
Speaking of obscene and cowardly, this sentence arrives on the heels of a new Variety report covering previously-unreleased emails from Harvey Weinstein. And in one of the emails, the convicted rapist wished death upon Jennifer Aniston. In an October 2017 emailed response to a question from a reporter about an allegation that the mogul groped Aniston, Weinstein wrote back, “Jen Aniston should be killed.”
The email was from a reporter with the National Enquirer that was planning to run a story about the allegation. However, in a new comment from Aniston’s reps to Variety, the allegation was proven false, “The National Enquirer claims are false. Jennifer has not been harassed or assaulted by Harvey.”
However, clearly this is the least of Weinstein’s issues right now. He’s currently bracing for another sexual assault trial in Los Angeles Country. And obviously, there’s the whole thing with the 23 years in prison that he was sentenced to today to contend with. So, even though it’s a heinous and disgusting thing to say about someone, we’re going to assume that Weinstein has bigger things on his mind.