CBS Rikki Kliema says Weinstein “Will Die in Prison” After Being Sentenced to 23 Years
After a long and exhausting journey, Harvey Weinstein’s victims finally received justice. The former Hollywood executive and Democratic supporter had been sentenced to 23 years in prison, which, to some, might have read out as a “life sentence.”
While Weinstein was not convicted of the greater charge of predatory sexual assault, CBS News legal analyst, Rikki Kliema believed that the mega Democratic supporter will still die in prison.
The legal analyst claimed that “23 years is one of the most extraordinarily long sentences,” believing that the sentence would still not make a difference anyway. Klieman continued to say that “whether it is ten years or 23 years, [he] is going to die in prison.”
Host, Vladimir Duthiers asked Klieman why the judge chose the 23 years sentence when he could opt from five to the maximum of 29 years in prison. She responded that as a legal analyst, the judge has a right on two counts; however, the reason remains undisclosed.
Some critics also believed that 23 years could be considered as a life sentence for the Hollywood media mogul who had been in poor health. Weinstein’s lawyers had pleaded for a lesser sentence, stating that having him for more than 12 years in prison would constitute a “life sentence.”
Weinstein, who had been accused of raping a hairstylist and forcing a former Project Runaway production assistant into oral sex, was found guilty. The sentence came after a jury of seven men, and five women have deliberated for five days before announcing the verdict.
The disgraced media executive had since expressed remorse over his actions. In an interview with USA Today, Weinstein claimed that “I feel remorse for this situation. I feel it deep in my heart. I’m really trying to be a better person.”
However, despite his previous actions, Weinstein had the audacity to say that the recent #MeToo movement had deprived rapists like him with due process. In a news article published by Variety, Weinstein claimed, “I am totally confused. I think men are confused about all of this…this feeling of thousands of men and women who are losing due process, I’m worried about this country.”
The Democratic supporter then added, “This is not the right atmosphere in the United States of America.”
When asked about what would happen to Weinstein’s family after the sentencing, lawyer Christopher Melcher told Fox News that Weinstein had expressed remorse on how the events had affected his life, rather than his regret over the damage he had caused his five children.