Harvey Weinstein Taken To Hospital With Chest Pains After Guilty Verdict
Hours after a jury convicted him of sexual assault and rape, Harvey Weinstein has been rushed to hospital complaining of chest pains, according to his representative.
Weinstein has been taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. He was supposed to be transferred to the jail on Rikers Island but was diverted to Bellevue instead.
Weinstein was remanded into custody after a jury convicted him on charges of sexual assault and third-degree rape.
Bellevue is known for its psychiatric facility, but it also serves as a hospital for jail inmates.
Weinstein had been free on $US2 million bond, but Justice James Burke ordered him held in jail prior to sentencing on March 11.
His lawyer Donna Rotunno urged the judge to allow him to remain free, saying that he recently had unsuccessful back surgery and requires shots in order to keep from going blind.
Weinstein appeared in court most days with a walker, which his attorneys said was a result of his lingering back issues.
During a TV interview on Fox News with Martha MacCallum on Monday evening, Rotunno was asked if Weinstein would be getting medical care at whichever prison facility he ends up in since he was remanded.
Rotunno said her client will be receiving medical care, and she mentioned that he was having heart palpitations, though she did not reveal that he was admitted to the hospital with chest pains.
Weinstein faces five to 29 years in prison.
The 67-year-old was convicted of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping then aspiring actor Jessica Mann in 2013. He was acquitted on the most serious charges that carried a potential life sentence.
Once one of Hollywood's most powerful producers, Weinstein's case is a milestone for the #MeToo movement that inspired women to go public with misconduct allegations against powerful men.
He faces up to 25 years in prison on the sexual assault conviction. The sentencing hearing was scheduled for March 11.
Manhattan District lawyer Cyrus Vance said jurors had delivered a verdict that "turned a page in our criminal justice system".
"It's a new day because Weinstein has finally been held accountable," Vance told a news conference.
"To the survivors: I owe and we owe an immense debt of courage to you."
The jury acquitted Weinstein on two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carried a potential life sentence, and the first-degree rape of Mann.
A conviction on predatory sexual assault would have meant the jury had concluded he was a repeat sexual offender.
He was convicted of third-degree rape which carries a sentence of up to four years in prison.
The president of advocacy group Time's Up said the verdict marked a new era.
"This trial - and the jury's decision today - marks a new era of justice, not just for the silence breakers, who spoke out at great personal risk, but for all survivors of harassment, abuse, and assault at work," Tina Tchen said.
Critics had accused Weinstein of playing up medical problems to win sympathy but he said he had back injuries.
The former producer made his mark with critically acclaimed films such as The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love.
More than 80 women, including famous actors, had accused him of sexual misconduct stretching back decades.
He had denied the allegations and said any sexual encounters were consensual.
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