Mr Harvey Weinstein has been hospitalised a few hours after he was found guilty of rape and criminal sexual act by court. It was reported that the disgraced Hollywood mogul who was supposed to be spending his first night at the New York’s Rikers Island jail, was rushed to the hospital after complaining of chest pains.
Mr Harvey Weinstein was on his way to jail when he started to complain of pain in his chest. So, he was rerouted to Bellevue hospital in Manhattan, the Blast reports
Weinstein who was suffering from high blood pressure fell ill after hearing his fate in a criminal courtroom on Monday.
Harvey Weinstein found guilty of rape in the third degree and criminal sexual acts in the first degree, bringing his seven-week New York trial to a conviction in the central criminal case of the #MeToo movement.
Mr Harvey Weinstein found guilty and remanded in custody by New York Supreme Court Judge James Burke pending sentencing on Wednesday, March 11.
His defence attorney Donna Rotunno made an unsuccessful last-ditch plea to keep Weinstein free on bail due, in part, to his ill health and pain as a result of an auto accident last summer, but the judge did not grant the request.
Four New York court marshals immediately surrounded Weinstein, seated at the defence table. As many as nine other officers were stationed alongside walls and doors in the Lower Manhattan courtroom.
A poll of the jury found unanimity, including on the not guilty verdicts returned for two predatory sexual assault charges involving actress Annabella Sciorra.
The first-degree charge, stemming from allegations by former Project Runway production assistant Miriam “Mimi” Haley that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her at his Soho apartment in 2006, could see the Miramax co-creator face up to 25 years in prison, with a minimum of four years.
The third-degree rape count, based on a 2013 rape allegation by Weinstein’s former hairstylist and aspiring actress Jessica Mann, could bring up to four years in prison, though probation on that count is possible.
With the 25 year maximum, the conviction could see the 67-year-old Weinstein spend the rest of his life in prison. He also faces a sexual misconduct trial in Los Angeles involving two women, one of whom – Lauren Marie Young – testified in New York to bolster the Haley and Mann cases.
Mr Harvey Weinstein found not guilty on two counts of predatory sexual assault, apparently dismissing or deadlocking on a rape allegation made by actress Annabella Sciorra by the Jury.
In order to convict on the predatory counts, the jury had to find that Weinstein guilty in the cases of Mann and/or Haley, plus Sciorra.
Weinstein’s New York trial covered five criminal counts, including two of predatory sexual assault, one involving Haley and Sciorra, the other count involving Sciorra and Mann.
If the jury had unanimously agreed on either count of the predatory charges, Mr Harvey Weinstein could have been sentenced to life in prison.
In addition to the predatory counts, Mr Weinstein was charged with one count of criminal sexual assault (against Haley), and two counts of rape (one in the first degree, one in the third, both involving Mann).
Those first-degree crimes carry possible prison sentences of five to 25 years; the third-degree crime, up to four years in prison.
According to his lawyers, his health has been on the decline for quite some time.
“While he was not convicted on the most serious charges, we are disappointed in the verdict and will be filing an appeal. There are issues in this trial that were extremely troubling, and they prejudiced
Mr. Weinstein’s ability to have his case fairly judged,” his lawyers said in a statement.
They continued, “In the meantime, we are working on assuring that Mr Harvey Weinstein is brought to Rikers’ Island ‘s North infirmary unit (NIU) at the Anna M Kross center complex or in protective custody so that he can get the best medical supervision and care possible.”
Mr Weinstein had back surgery in the past few weeks and his representatives claim it was a result of a car accident. “Mr Weinstein was in a serious car accident in August, which resulted in a concussion and has now necessitated the need for back surgery later this week. He has been using a walker to assist him as the back pain has increased.
He wanted to leave the walker in the car, so it did not appear that he was looking for sympathy, as he is not. The press surrounding his physical condition is mean spirited and false,” his lawyers claimed.
It’s unclear how long he will remain in the hospital, but as soon as he is cleared of any emergency he will be bused straight to Riker’s and behind bars.