Harvey Weinstein, two years ago one of the most influential producers in Hollywood, has learned today that he will spend no less than 23 years in prison, after receiving the “guilty” verdict on February 25 following two charges of sexual abuse.
According to The New York Times, the verdict is extremely significant for the #MeToo movement, which at the end of 2017 became one of the hottest topics in the media and on social media after dozens of women made public accusations against Weinstein. The former producer could have received a minimum sentence of five years, but a judge in New York State considered his actions far too serious, the final sentence being 23 years old.
The decision came after several of Weinstein’s victims gave emotional testimony of the psychological damage suffered by the manufacturer’s attacks. Miriam Haley, who accused Weinstein of forcing her to have oral sex in 2006, said: “It violated my confidence, body and personal right to refuse sexual advances.”
In her plea, prosecutor Joan Illuzzi pointed out that the multitude of accusations, the oldest dating back to 1978, when Weinstein was only 26, proves that he “led a life marked by abuse against others, sexual or otherwise. “. More than 90 women have accused the producer of inappropriate behavior, from harassment to sexual abuse and rape.