Wednesday, 11 March 2020 18:59

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The disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault.

He was found guilty in a trial last month, a dramatic fall from grace for one of Hollywood's most powerful figures.

His lawyers had appealed for leniency, saying even the minimum sentence of five years could be a "life sentence".

But prosecutors argued Weinstein should be given the maximum possible sentence given his "lifetime of abuse" towards women and "lack of remorse" for his actions.

Weinstein addressed the court for the first time, saying he had "deep remorse" but described himself and other men as "totally confused" by events in comments seen as critical to the #MeToo movement.

His lawyers have vowed to appeal against his conviction.