Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in a New York state prison after his conviction on two felony sex crimes.

The sentencing is the culmination of a two year fall from grace for the once influential Hollywood producer, after his sexual abuse of women was revealed.

The former movie mogul was convicted on 24 February of sexual assault and third-degree rape, but he was acquitted on more serious counts of predatory sexual assault and first-degree rape.

Justice James Burke told Weinstein that he is certifying him as a sex offender, before sentencing him to 20 years in prison for the criminal sex act and three years for the rape charge. There was an audible gasp in the courtroom. The sentences are to be served consecutively and will be followed by five years post-release supervision.

All six of the women that testified against Weinstein sat together in the front row of the courtroom — Miriam Haley, Jessica Mann, Annabella Sciorra, Tarale Wulff, Dawn Dunning, and Lauren Marie Young — they embraced, tearfully once the sentence had been delivered.