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As he was sentenced to 23 years, Weinstein spoke for the first time

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11.03.2020

It’s not often that you hear from Harvey Weinstein these days. He’s been mostly silent during his criminal trial, save for occasional comments to reporter outside the courtroom and an email to The New York Times in January. But on Wednesday, right before Judge James Burke sentenced him to 23 years in prison, Weinstein did a rare thing: he spoke up. In person.

Hearing his voice inside the courtroom, where I have been reporting from over a number of weeks, was eerie. Sitting in a wheelchair at the front of the courtroom, he spoke in a low tone, slow at first, then growing more animated.

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So what did Weinstein say, when he finally broke his silence – in front of the man who’d rule on whether he’d get closer to five or 29 years behind bars?

Well, first of all, Weinstein – who has been found guilty of a criminal sexual act and of third-degree rape – said he felt “remorse for this situation”. That remorse, it rapidly turned out, appeared to be mainly due to the fact that other men would now also be accused and perhaps convicted of sex crimes.

"Thousands of men are losing due process.........

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