Weinstein Sentencing Note

Tears, Thanks and Surprise Over Harvey Weinstein's 23-Year Sentence

So in the end, Harvey Weinstein did indeed get what was coming to him and the rest of his life will be very different from what’s come before. Ralph Waldo Emerson, perhaps America’s greatest philosopher likened a person’s thoughts words and actions to seeds they planted in their garden of life that would, in their own time blossom into experiences in kind. “However,” he allowed, “it may take a long time for the bloom or thorn to appear.” Why that is the case and why the explanation evaded Emerson is a discussion for another day.  Weinstein Sentencing Note

Weinstein Sentencing NoteIt certainly took its time in the case of the prodigious, producer of films. It was the perfect disguise for a serial, sex criminal and he wore it to near perfection in keeping his criminal acts a well protected secret for more than forty years. He certainly wasn’t the first to do so, but it does tickle the fancy whether there’s a possibility that he could be the last!

There’s ample reason not the expect it though. Even after the wave of highly publicized arrests and multi-year convictions during the insider trading scandals of ten to fifteen years ago, others have continued trying and getting caught.

Likewise the well publicized downfall of Bernie Madoff! He perpetrated his masterful Ponzi scheme that stole money democratically from the richest and the poorest for twenty-plus years. In the end he received a prison sentence of 150 years and destroyed his family. Yet other Madoff wannabes  continue to believe they’ve found the better way and sewing their own seeds of self-destruction.

Harvey is just the kind of guy who would point to others experiencing some kind of downfall and say in his wisest voice, “Well see that? Just proves that what goes around comes around, and in the next moment call and invite a young actress to his hotel room to discuss a juicy part in his next film.

Weinstein Sentencing Note

By March 11, 2020

(Reuters) – Harvey Weinstein’s 23-year jail sentence for rape and sexual assault was greeted with tears, delight and surprise on Wednesday, particularly from some of the scores of women who have accused him of sexual misconduct dating back decades.

A New York judge sentenced the disgraced former film producer after a grueling and emotional trial in which six women testified about the abuse they said they suffered at his hands.

“I literally cried tears of amazement, gratitude that the justice system has worked on behalf of all of his victims today,” tweeted Mira Sorvino, one of dozens of actresses who accused Weinstein both of misconduct and of ruining their careers.

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The Silence Breakers

Sorvino is one of a group of 24 Weinstein accusers called the Silence Breakers that also includes Ashley Judd, Rosanna Arquette and Rose McGowan. Their allegations, and scores of others, fueled the #MeToo movement.

The Silence Breakers in a statement welcomed the jail sentence but added “no amount of jail time will repair the lives he ruined, the careers he destroyed, or the damage he has caused.”

British comedian and singer Sooz Kempner commented, “Now we just need Rose McGowan, Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd and a host of other incredible actors he so nearly completely destroyed to end up in awesome projects.”

Weinstein, who appeared in court in a wheelchair before being sentenced by Justice James Burke, had faced a sentence of between five and 29 years.

In the end, he got more than double the 3-10 year sentence handed down to comedian Bill Cosby in 2018 for sexual assault.

“Thank you Judge Burke. Thank you to the jury. Thank you for believing survivors. Thank you for changing the future for us all,” actress Ellen Barkin wrote on Twitter.

Actress Jodie Turner-Smith, the star of the independent film “Queen & Slim,” wrote on Twitter: “23 years in prison for Harvey Weinstein. Justice is served.”

Appearing before the media outside court, attorney Gloria Allred, who represented three of the women who testified at Weinstein’s trial, waved a piece of paper saying, “This is what justice looks like, 20 + 3 years.”

Actress Rosanna Arquette was among commenters on social media who were angered by remarks from Weinstein’s defense attorney Donna Rotunno, who called the 23-year term obscene and obnoxious.

“Please Shut up Donna Rotunno. the only obscene and obnoxious person here is you. He got what he deserved because he’s a rapist,” Arquette tweeted.

Time’s Up, the group fighting sexual harassment in the wider workplace that was formed in 2018 as a result of the #MeToo movement, said on Wednesday that the social change triggered by the scores of women who accused Weinstein of misconduct was “nothing short of transformational.”

“We hope today’s sentence brings them some measure of peace, and that they take pride in knowing the lasting impact they’ve had on our culture,” Time’s Up added in a statement.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Will Dunham and Marguerita Choy)

Harvey Weinstein’s 23-year jail sentence for rape and sexual assault was greeted with tears, delight and surprise on Wednesday, particularly from some of the scores of women who have accused him of sexual misconduct dating back decades.
~ Rob

Weinstein Sentencing Note

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Kirkus Reviews, the gold-standard for independent & accurate reviews, has this to say about

What Goes Around Comes Around:

A stable, positive, non preachy, objective voice makes the book stand apart from others in the genre. The author gives readers not just points or principles to ponder, but real human experiences that demonstrate them. A successful guide that uses anecdotes to reveal powerful truths about life.

~ Kirkus Reviews

“What Goes  Around Comes Around” is impressive in its straightforward, no-nonsense response to some of the most troubling questions of our time. In light of the increasingly frequent revelations of moral lapses, failures and indiscretions of public figures, Davis offers a simple answer — “what goes around comes around!”

Cheryl Woodruff – the Ballantine Publishing Group

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“I’ve read a number of books that focus on sharing a similar message, including “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne, “The Answer” by John Assaraf & Murray Smith, “The Celestine Prophecy” by James Redfield, “Think and Grow Rich,” by Napoleon Hill, and I must say that I find Rob’s to be my favorite.

– Sheryl Woodhouse, founder of Livelihood Matters LLC