In Woe Is Me news, convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein is begging for the shortest prison sentence possible because of all of the sad things which have befallen him. I know, the blowback from being a sexual predator for decades is rough. Oh yes, don’t shed a tear for all of the victims of Harvey’s, shed a tear for the monster rapist whose life is shit due to him being a monster rapist.
67-year-old Harvey Weinstein is having his lawyers pull a Hail Mary. They wrote a letter to Judge James Burke requesting that he slap Harvey on the wrist. Harvey was found guilty of the lesser sexual assault charges against him in his New York City trial; and is now awaiting sentencing for committing a first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape. He’s still awaiting trial in Los Angeles, though. While third-degree rape has no minimum sentence and a maximum sentence of 4 years, the criminal sexual act has a sentence of 5 years to a maximum of 25 years in prison. So Harvey is asking for the 5, please.
CNN says that in the letter, Harvey’s lawyers beg for leniency. They bring up his life of philanthropy, his old age, his medical issues (like his recent heart surgery and the back issues that have forced him to use that walker, which totally isn’t a stunt prop), and mention that he’s never been convicted of a crime before, so what’s the big deal? They say Harvey’s life “has been destroyed” since he was publicly accused by The New Yorker in 2017 and it’s been downhill since then.
“His wife divorced him, he was fired from The Weinstein Company, and in short, he lost everything… Given his age and specific medical risk factors, any additional term of imprisonment above the mandatory minimum–although the grave reality is that Mr. Weinstein may not even outlive that term–is likely to constitute a de facto life sentence… Mr. Weinstein cannot walk outside without being heckled, he has lost his means to earn a living, simply put, his fall from grace has been historic, perhaps unmatched in the age of social media.”
It goes on:
The letter claims that Weinstein was “constantly maligned by media,” and said “he had to endure descriptions of his appearance, his hygiene, his genitalia, and the most deeply personal and intimate matters become the subject of national and international scrutiny and intrigue.”
The attorneys said the trial “did not fairly portray who he is as a person,” saying “his life story, his accomplishments, and struggles are simply remarkable and should not be disregarded in total because of the jury’s verdict.”
I think having his genitals described and shown to jury members was way worse for other people than Harvey. They also say that if he’s sentenced to more than 5 years in the clink, he’ll die in there. “Um, okay,” said everyone.
Sentencing is scheduled for tomorrow morning and the Manhattan D.A. has the opposite feelings as his lawyers do and want to throw the book at him, They wrote their own 11-page court filing saying his sentence should reflect “the seriousness of defendant’s offenses.” They point out he was committing a “lifetime of abuse towards others, sexual and otherwise,” and pointed out all of the uncharged accusations which didn’t make it into court:
“Starting in the 1970s, he has trapped women into his exclusive control and assaulted or attempted to assault them.”
Of course Harvey’s attorneys say that’s not fair, claiming the prosecution’s request to consider 36 other alleged sex crimes is “inappropriate,” and that they planned to expand on that issue at sentencing.
Harvey is finally at Rikers Island prison after recovering from heart stuff at Bellevue hospital, and he already hurt himself in a fall because he doesn’t have his walker in prison. Without it there are sure to be more tumbles, so his lawyers may want to make sure to keep him in some bubble-wrapped cell. Or maybe a prison cell with a foam pit as a floor? Or just line a regular prison cell with all of the Marchesa dresses his ex-wife, Georgina Chapman, will have to get rid of in a clearance sale. Or the judge should just give Harvey the maximum and watch him clutch his chest on the spot before falling into a grave that his lawyers dug right in the courtroom for dramatic effect.