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From the Mon Broadcast Center at KPC this is the frame. I'm John Horn and thanks for joining us during our spring membership drive. We've got big news out of both coasts today. The COACHELLA music festival is officially postponed. Due to the corona virus pandemic. The massive event is being moved from April to October. We'll have more on that later but we'll start with the news out of New York where Harvey Weinstein was sentenced this morning to twenty three years in prison. He was convicted last month of committing to felony sex crimes. The sentence which was close to the maximum that Weinstein was facing marks. A watershed moment in the metoo movement. Elizabeth WAG MEISTER is a senior correspondent for variety. She's been covering the case and she was in the courtroom today. Elizabeth welcome back to the show. Thank you for having me so set the stage for us. Who was there at the sentencing? And how did it all begin? So the sentencing began with a very powerful moment before Harvey Weinstein even arrived. The six women who testified walked in to the courtroom together. This was the first time they had ever met. None of them had met throughout the trial. So they all walked in and a single file. Line the League prosecutor-general Lucy who is the assistant. Da from Manhattan. She walked in behind them and then they all sat next to each other and they were talking. They were smiling. And then who of the women actually gave Statements so Miriam Haley and Jessica man gave statements. They were very passionate. They were very emotional. And that was a big moment of the day and then an even bigger moment was Harvey Weinstein. He gave his own statement. This was the first time that he had ever spoken up in the courtroom because he did not testify during the trial so that was a huge shock to every reporter. They're certainly myself. We knew that that was a possibility but we did not expect him to speak since he had it before. And I think everybody would agree. What he had to say was so tone deaf that I don't even know where to start. How would you summarize what it was that he said and how it was received? I think that your reception is spot on first of all in the courtroom as I said everybody was so shocked that he was speaking at all that every person that I looked at had a surprise look on their face but then as he said certain things such as I'm confused men are confused. There's been thousands of men who have lost their jobs. We're losing due process. When he said I looked around and I saw people with their jaws literally dropped down. It did sound tone death but to me even more than tone-deaf it sounded like a man who was just truly desperate and not is what he was. I mean that makes sense. He was walking into a courtroom. He's already been convicted for criminal sex act and for third degree rape so he's a convicted rapist. Walking into a courtroom to be sentenced for a minimum of five years a maximum of twenty nine years. He I think was probably in denial for most of this trial because Harvey Weinstein. I have sources who have said that. He has been a bit in denial. You know he thought that he would get off. He never really thought that this would happen. But at this point he's been staying in rikers. He's seen all the everything that's been written by the media. I mean he's walking in there knowing that this is not a good day for him so I think that he just kind of grabbed it anything that he thought he could and it was a desperate last attempt. What's interesting is as you said John. He said all of these things moments before the sentencing. And you have to wonder. Did the judge already know that he was going to give him twenty three years or did it actually make it worse in the judge gave him even more time? The other thing is the guidelines were as low as five years as high as twenty nine and there was what happened during the trial but then there are some documents and e mails released. Just ahead of sentencing. What are those papers? Reveal about Weinstein's behavior beyond. What was her during the trial itself so yesterday. The court unsealed a thousand pages of documents and variety. We went down to the courthouse My Co worker Makenzie Nichols who she was at the courthouse. Money days with me. She was physically going through the paperwork and it was a lot of emails that Harvey Weinstein had sent his powerful. If not friends at least peers you know. He knew everyone from the Clintons to just bazo to Tim Cook and he wrote emails to those people not to the Clintons. That was not in the documents yesterday. But we got our hands on emails that he had written to the head of apple ahead of net flicks the head of Amazon where he was giving a desperate plea to salvage his career now. These emails all came from October. Eighth two thousand seventeen and Y. That date is so specific is because the first story in the New York Times came out on October Fifth Harvey Weinstein clearly caught wind that the board wanted to drop him from his own company. The Weinstein Company that ended up happening on October eighth the very day that he was sending those emails so that was one thing that was revealed in the documents. But also you had some really outrageous communication from harvey to spokespeople. You had him drafting. Pr Statements where? He said that he was suicidal. He an one point responded to a reporter who was inquiring about an allegation with Jennifer Aniston. Harvey's initial reaction was to write Jennifer. Aniston should be killed. I mean there were really crazy. Outrageous outrageous forms of communication that we saw from Harvey Weinstein these documents. We're talking with Elizabeth Wag Monster at variety about the sentencing today of Harvey Weinstein. Did judge. James Burke say anything when he handed down the sentence ended Harvey Weinstein. Show any reaction to the sentence. I was not able to catch a glimpse of Harvey Weinstein as the sentencing came down. And the reason why is just because he was surrounded also he sitting. It is not easy to see him in the courtroom but I did see him moments before throughout the victim statements and he was staring and seemed to be in disbelief. He seemed to be stunned now. James Burke he was very matter of fact he really just gave the sentencing. He started off by saying that you have to register as a sex offender and nine. He went through the different charges and he said twenty years and three years. He was very matter of fact there was no emotion. Not that you would expect much from a judge and it was very quick. You know the The actual sentencing was maybe a minute from Judge Burke but we were in court for about two hours with all of the statements from Weinstein's team and from prosecution. What did the women who testified against him have to say if anything about the sentence you know the women afterwards as I mentioned the six of them who testified throughout the trial they met for the first time today and as they were walking? Out of the courthouse. They were actually greeted with applause. People of course this was open to the Public. Not that many members of the public could find space in the courtroom but they would stand in the halls of the courtroom and they were clapping. They were yelling. Justice has been served and the women were walking out and they were crying and they were embracing each other so this sentence essentially I would argue is a quivalent to a life sentence for Harvey Weinstein. What does that mean in terms of the case that has been brought against him in Los Angeles? Does that trial still go forward? Yes so that trial absolutely can go forward. We don't know one hundred percent if it will but everything that the Los Angeles. Da's office has said has indicated that it will and what will happen is that he will be released from custody New York. He'll go to la but he will have to serve his sentence in the state of New York before he serves his sentence in Los Angeles. And as you said twenty three years one you are the age of nearly sixty eight in the health that Harvey Weinstein is in his team. Repeatedly throughout the entire trial has stated that he is in very poor health his team even stated today in court when they were asking the judge for the minimum sentence of five years. They said it's a very sad state of affairs. But we believe that Harvey Weinstein may not even live through the minimum sentencing of five years. So yes they're likely will be in. La Trial but whether or not actually served time in la that seems unlikely Elizabeth Wag. Bicester is a senior correspondent variety. She joined us from New York to discuss the sunshine of Harvey Weinstein Elizabeth..