Harvey Weinstein, a disgraced film producer, is sentenced to 16 more years in prison

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Harvey Weinstein, a former head of the Hollywood film industry, was given a further 16 years in prison on Thursday in Los Angeles for rape and sexual assault charges that date back to 2013.

The 70-year-old is currently serving a 23-year sentence in New York for a different conviction.

Since the late 1970s, more than 80 people have accused Weinstein of rape and other misconduct.

He has said he has never engaged in extramarital sex.

A Los Angeles jury found Weinstein guilty on December 19 of one count of rape and two counts of sexual assault involving a model and actor who would only be identified as Jane Doe 1.

The victim testified that Weinstein assaulted her in a hotel room in February 2013 in Los Angeles during an Italian film festival.

During the same trial for sexual battery against a different accuser, Weinstein was exonerated. Three additional sexual assault counts, including one involving Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom, were left unresolved by the jury. A mistrial was declared.

He'll probably challenge the verdict.

In the Los Angeles case, the former film mogul could have spent up to 18 years in prison. After a jury was unable to decide whether Weinstein had planned the rape or whether the victim was "particularly vulnerable," he avoided a sentence of up to 24 years.

For raping and sexually assaulting a production assistant in 2006 and an aspiring actress in 2013, Weinstein received a 23-year prison term in 2020. He filed an appeal.

The MeToo movement, which had brought attention to the pervasive sexual abuse and harassment in the film and television industry, was seen as having reached a turning point with the conviction.

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