Harvey Weinstein’s lead defense attorney blasted the disgraced movie mogul’s 23-year prison sentence as “obnoxious” and “obscene” Wednesday.
“That sentence that was just handed down by this court was obscene,” lawyer Donna Rotunno told reporters outside Manhattan Supreme Court moments after Justice James Burke handed down the stiff sentence.
“That number was obnoxious,” she said. “There are murderers who will get out of court faster than Harvey Weinstein will.”
Weinstein, 67, was convicted last month of two felony counts — third-degree rape for a 2013 attack on one-time aspiring actress and hairdresser Jessica Mann and criminal sexual act in the first-degree for forcibly performing oral sex on former “Project Runway” production assistant Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi in 2006.
Rotunno said that 23-year sentence “spoke to the pressure of movements and the public.”
“That number did not speak to the evidence that came out at trial. That number did not speak to the testimony that we heard,” she said. “That number did not speak to evidence, not did it speak to justice.”
“I am overcome with anger at that number,” the attorney said. “I think that number is a cowardly number to give. I think the judge caved just as I believe the jury caved and I am not happy.”
She said that it was “clear nothing we said or did was going to make a difference.”
“Mr. Weinstein never had a fair shake from day one…we were looking for fairness and we didn’t get it,” Rotunno claimed.
Weinstein’s sentence was six years short of the maximum penalty. He faced a minimum of five years behind bars.
The fallen Hollywood titan’s team of high-powered lawyers are planning to appeal Weinstein’s conviction and sentence.