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Read Harvey Weinstein's revealing, rambling statement ahead of sentencing

NEW YORK – Minutes before Judge James Burke announced that Harvey Weinstein, who was convicted of two sex crimes, would spend the next 23 years behind bars, the 67-year-old addressed his past in court. 

During his revealing, at times rambling, five-minute monologue, the formerly powerful producer admitted to losing his train of thought. He was not seen reading from notes, and he directed his words at victims Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi and Jessica Mann.

Weinstein was convicted on Feb. 24 of third-degree rape of aspiring actress Mann, 34, in a New York hotel room in 2013, and first-degree sexual assault of production assistant Haleyi, 42, in 2006.

“First of all to all the women who testified, I have great remorse for all of you,” he began, before speaking directly about the #MeToo movement, which began in October 2017 when dozens of women accused him of sexual misconduct. “I have great remorse for all the men and women who have gone through this crisis in our country right now.”

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Weinstein brought up his past correspondence with the women, which was a big sticking point during the 23-day trial. (His defense team hoped the victims’ continued contact with Weinstein would bolster their argument that his relationships with the women were consensual.)

He told the court he reread his correspondence with the victims and saw their relationships as “a serious friendship, and that’s what I thought I had with you.” 

“I’m not going to say these aren’t great people. I had a wonderful time with these people. I’m confused, and I think men are confused,” he continued, turning his attention back to the #MeToo movement. “I think about the thousands of men and women who are losing due process, and I’m worried about this country.”

Weinstein acknowledged his past bad behavior, which started with two exposés that ran in The New York Times and The New Yorker in October 2017 and detailed decades of reported abuse.

“Yes, I got in fights with my brother; yes, I said bad things to people, but there are so many people – thousands of people – who would say great things about me,” he said.

Turning his attention to his family life, and referencing ex-wives Georgina Chapman and Eve Chilton Weinstein, Weinstein offered some of the most revealing quotes of his statement.

“I would do a lot of things over. I would care less about the movies and care more about my children and my family.”

He said he has had “no communication” with his grown children since the New York Times article about his behavior.

“I went to extraordinary lengths to hide my extramarital affairs,” he said adding that if he could he “would go back” and not have them. He said both of his ex-wives had “no idea.” 

“I may never see my children again,” he told the courtroom.  

Weinstein said several times that he regretted his behavior.

“I understand, I empathize,” he said. “I’ve learned so many things.” 

He also discussed his past charitable contributions and the money he raised after 9/11 for victims and firefighters. He said he made a similar impact after Hurricane Sandy pummeled New York City, and he mentioned schools for which he had raised money.

At one point, Weinstein said that “I lost my train of thought.” He added that he wanted to testify at his trial, “but I knew all these things the DA just said would come in the way.” 

He concluded: “I feel remorse for this situation. I feel it deep in my heart. I’m really trying to be a better person. Thank you, your honor.”