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Harvey Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison

Our hearts are with his victims and their families.

Justice has finally reached serial predator and ex-movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape last month by a New York court, which meant he faced between 5 and 29 years in prison. While Weinstein was found guilty of two of the five charges brought against him, he was acquitted of two more serious charges of predatory sexual assault, which could have come with a life sentence. He was convicted based on testimony from two of his victims, Miriam Haley and Jessica Mann. Both victims spoke at today's sentencing.

"If Harvey Weinstein had not been convicted by this jury, it would have happened again and again and again," Haley said Wednesday in court according to CNN. "I'm relieved he will now know he's not above the law. I'm relieved there are women out there who are safer because he's not out there."

Just six of Weinstein's victims testified against him in court, though at least 100 women have publicly accused him of sexual abuse. The six brave women responsible for putting this dangerous man behind bars are: Miriam Haley, Jessica Mann, Annabella Sciorra, Dawn Dunning, Tarale Wulff, and Lauren Young. Thanks to their brave self-sacrifice, a dangerous predator is no longer allowed to harm others.

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Harvey Weinstein Guilty of Sexual Assault, Still Treated Leniently

The producer was acquitted of the most serious charges against him.

On Monday morning, a jury in Manhattan Supreme Court concluded four full days of deliberation by finding Harvey Weinstein guilty.

More than 30 actresses have accused Weinstein of assault, six of which testified before the jury (which was comprised of seven men and five women). The disgraced producer was convicted of a first-degree criminal sex act against a former production assistant Miriam Haleyi, an incident that took places in Weinstein's SoHo apartment in 2006, and of third-degree rape for the assault of actress Jessica Mann.

Of the five charges against Weinstein, he could only be convicted of two due to the structure of the charges and their overlapping nature. As for the three other charges against Weinstein, he was cleared of the most serious, including predatory sex assault, which could have carried a life sentence in prison. For his crimes, Weinstein faces between 5 and 25 years in prison for committing a criminal sexual act, as well as a sentence from probation to 4 years in prison for third-degree rape.

Assistant District Attorney Meghan Hast asserted in her opening statement: "Here the rapist was at the pinnacle, at the very profession his victims strived to make a career in. Thus, the power and balance he deviously exploited was not just physical, it was also professional and profoundly psychological." During closing statements, Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi added, "The universe is run by [Weinstein] so, therefore, they don't get to complain when they're stepped on, spit on, demoralized, and then, yes, raped and abused. He made sure he can contact the people he was worried about as a little check to make sure one day they wouldn't walk out in the shadows and call him what he was: an abusive rapist."