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‘I don’t deserve it’: Weinstein begs for mercy as he is jailed for another 16 years

Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein begged “please don’t sentence me to life in prison, I don’t deserve it” as he was jailed for another 16 years for rape and sexual assault.

Weinstein, 70, will serve the jail term after completing his 23-year-sentence for a sexual misconduct conviction in New York.

It is therefore highly possible he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Weinstein begged for leniency as he was handed the latest sentence in a Los Angeles court this evening.

He was sentenced for the rape of an actress, named only in court as Jane Doe 1, at a hotel in Los Angeles in 2013.

A jury found him guilty in December of rape, forcible oral copulation and sexual penetration by a foreign object.

Weinstein said: “This is a made up story. Jane Doe 1 is an actress. She can turn the tears on.

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“Please don’t sentence me to life in prison. I don’t deserve it. There are so many things wrong with this case.

“There are too many loopholes. Too many things wrong with this case.

“This is a set-up. This is not the way to act in this situation.”

He finally added: “I beg your mercy.”

A lawyer for one of the victims said afterwards Weinstein will now spend the rest of his life in prison “where he belongs”.

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