March 6 ------ Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been moved from hospital to an infirmary unit at Rikers Island jail in New York City. Weinstein was found guilty on 24 February of one count of carrying out a criminal sex act on a woman in 2006 and one count of third-degree rape for a 2013 attack on another woman. But instead of being taken straight to prison to await his sentencing, he was taken from the court in Manhattan to Bellevue Hospital due to concerns about his blood pressure and heart palpitations. Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer said the 67-year-old had a "successful" heart procedure but gave no further details.
Weinstein also has a number of other health conditions, according to his lawyers - back problems following a car crash last summer and a condition that requires shots in his eyes to prevent blindness. His lawyer Arthur Aidala visited him in hospital on Thursday and said he was "obviously not the picture of health". Mr Aidala added: "He's obviously not happy where he is. But he's lucid and realistic about everything. He's still in a state of disbelief." Weinstein is due to be sentenced next Wednesday and faces a maximum of 25 years in jail for the criminal sex act and a maximum four years for the third-degree rape. He was acquitted of the predatory sexual assault charges he faced that would have carried a maximum life sentence. Weinstein was once the king of Hollywood, a man with the power to make and break careers in the movies.
But in October 2017, in reports by the New York Times and the New Yorker, the Oscar-winning producer was accused of sexual misconduct by a number of women. He was also accused of reaching settlements to keep the stories quiet. In the months that followed, dozens more women came forward to allege incidents of rape, sexual assault and harassment by Weinstein dating back decades. He admitted his behaviour had "caused a lot of pain", but consistently denied all the sexual allegations made against him.