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Harvey Weinstein on suicide watch as 23 year sentence on rape conviction begins

Harvey Weinstein was on suicide watch last night after being jailed for 23 years for rape and sexual assault .

The once-powerful movie producer was yesterday sentenced to 20 years for forcibly performing a sexual assault on London-based production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006.

He was given a further three years for third-degree rape for his attack on actress Jessica Mann in 2013.

Before being sentenced, Weinstein, 67, told the Manhattan Supreme Court in New York said: “I really feel remorse for this situation. I feel it deeply in my heart. I will spend my time really caring and really trying to be a better person.”

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Incredibly, he said he had “a wonderful time” with the women who accused him and added: “I’m totally confused.”

He added: “We are going through this crisis right now in this country. The movement (#MeToo) basically started with me, now there are thousands of men who are being accused.

“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.”

“This is not the right atmosphere in the United States of America.”

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In victim statements, Ms Haleyi, 42, told the court: “He violated my trust, my body and my basic right to reject his sexual advances.” Ms Mann, 35, said: “Rape is not just one moment, it is forever.”

After sentencing, Weinstein, who had heart surgery after being convicted last month, was handcuffed to his wheelchair and led to prison.

Authorities are desperate to avoid a repeat of ­financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead in his New York cell while awaiting trial for sex crimes.

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