Weinstein tells court he's got 'fond memories' of his accusers

‘I’m going through hell on earth’: Rapist Harvey Weinstein tells court he’s got ‘fond memories’ of his accusers before showing no emotion as judge jailed him for 23 years for sex crimes

  • Shamed producer, 67, broke his courtroom silence with a rambling statement
  • ‘I feel remorse for all of the men who are going through this fight’, he said 
  • Weinstein, sentenced Wednesday, said not seeing his children has been ‘hell’
  • ‘I’m totally confused. I think men are confused about these issues,’ he said  

Harvey Weinstein failed to apologize to his victims Wednesday telling a court he feels remorseful ‘for all the men going through this fight’  before being sentenced to 23 years in prison. 

The shamed movie producer, 67, broke his courtroom silence with a rambling five-minute statement in which he said he felt perplexed by the case and the #MeToo climate in which it unfolded.

He did not apologize to his victims but said looking back during the trial at emails he exchanged with his accusers, he said he thought they had a good friendship.

‘I’m not going to say these aren’t great people. I had wonderful times with these people,’ he said. 

Weinstein was sentenced on Wednesday in Manhattan criminal court following his convictions last month for forcibly performing oral sex on production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and third degree rape for the attack on Jessica Mann in 2013. 

‘I feel remorse for all of the men who are going through this fight,’ Weinstein said, adding he was worried about ‘thousands of men’ being denied due process in the #MeToo era. 

‘I’m totally confused. I think men are confused about these issues,’ he said in a calm but creaking voice, adding that he had fond memories of his accusers and believed he had a ‘serious friendship’ with both Mann and Haleyi. 

Weinstein, who did not read from notes and addressed Mann and Haleyi, added: ‘I haven’t seen my three older children since the New York Times [and] the New Yorker articles came out. That for me is hell on earth. I may never see my children again.’  

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Harvey Weinstein is seen leaving a Manhattan courthouse Wednesday afternoon after being sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault

Harvey Weinstein sits in a wheelchair during the sentencing following his conviction on sexual assault and rape charges in the Manhattan on Wednesday 

Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for sex crimes in a landmark #MeToo case that ended with six of his accusers sobbing and hugging each other from the front row of the courtroom. 

Weinstein was sentenced to 20 years on the criminal sex act charge for forcibly performing oral sex on production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006. 

He was sentenced to three years for third degree rape for the attack on Jessica Mann in 2013.

Continuing his statement, Weinstein added: ‘Yes, I got in fights with my brother; yes, I said bad things to people, but there are so many people – thousands of people – who would say great things about me.

‘To all the women who testified, we may have different truths, but I have great remorse for all of you.’ 

In discussing his family life Weinstein added: ‘I would do a lot of things over. I would care less about the movies and care more about my children and my family.

Jessica Mann makes a statement during sentencing Wednesday following Harvey Weinstein’s conviction

‘“I also want to make one clear statement: my wife Eve and my wife Georgina do not know about this. I went to extraordinary lengths to hide my extramarital affairs.

‘I worked too hard. I feel remorse for this situation. I feel it deep in my heart. I feel emotional. I’m really trying to be a better person. Thank you, your honor.’  

Weinstein also appeared to deny his power in Hollywood, telling the court: ‘I had no great powers in this industry. Miramax at the height of its fame was a small company. I couldn’t blackball anybody.’ 

Judge James Burke, who oversaw his trial, ordered Weinstein to serve the sentences consecutively and sentenced him to five years post release supervision for each charge. It is not clear when he will be eligible for parole. 

Once one of Hollywood’s most influential producers, Weinstein had faced the possibility of a maximum sentence of 29 years in prison.

Weinstein’s defense attorney Donna Rotunno slammed the judge and jury outside court, saying the trial was totally unfair.

Rotunno, who said they would be appealing by July, said the sentence was ‘too harsh’.

Asked about the impact of the #MeToo movement, Rotunno said: ‘This says nothing to me about the #MeToo movement other than the judge felt some type of pressure.’

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said afterward that the judge ‘sent a message today that this type behavior is something that any potential offender is going to have to consider.

‘The judge took it seriously, which is exactly how we think he should have. And we’re grateful.’

Mann and Haleyi, who delivered victim impact statements on Wednesday, were joined in court by four of Weinstein’s other accusers: Annabella Sciorra, Tarale Wulff, Dawn Dunning and Lauren Marie Young.

All six women testified during Weinstein’s high-profile trial last month but only Mann and Haleyi were allowed to address the court.


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