Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul, has been sentenced to 16 additional years in prison after a trial in Los Angeles. Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault in February and was sentenced to 23 years in prison on Wednesday.
The sentence comes after Weinstein was found guilty of two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sexual act. Weinstein, who was previously sentenced to 23 years in prison in New York, will now serve a total of 29 years in prison.
The victims of Weinstein’s sexual misconduct have been vocal in the trial and have since spoken out about the impact of his sentence.
“It’s a huge relief to know that he will be in prison for the rest of his life,” said actress Rose McGowan, one of the many women who have accused Weinstein of assault.
The trial has been seen as a major victory for the #MeToo movement, which has been fighting for justice for victims of sexual misconduct.
“This is a great victory for all victims of sexual assault,” said Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement. “We hope that this sends a strong message that survivors’ stories will be heard and that perpetrators will be held accountable.”
The trial has also highlighted the importance of believing victims and seeking justice for those who have experienced sexual misconduct.
“This is a powerful moment for survivors of sexual assault and a reminder that we can get justice when we come together and speak out,” said actress Amber Tamblyn.
The sentence of 16 years in prison for Weinstein serves as a warning to those who engage in sexual misconduct and a reminder that victims will not be silenced.