Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein Taken To Hospital For Chest Pains After Receiving 23-Year Jail Sentence

Kristine Lofgren - Author

Mar. 12 2020, Updated 12:52 p.m. ET

Shortly after being sentenced to 23 years in prison on Wednesday, Harvey Weinstein was taken to Bellevue Hospital in New York due to chest pains. As Page Six reports, the disgraced Hollywood mogul is being treated there for “ongoing heart problems.”

As The Inquisitr previously reported, Weinstein was found guilty on two counts of sexual assault and and originally faced up to 29 years behind bars. Prosecutors asked that he received the maximum sentence after being convicted of assaulting Project Runway producer Mimi Haley and actress Jessica Mann.

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Weinstein’s lawyers argued that he was being painted as the poster boy for the #MeToo movement and shouldn’t be punished for all of the men out there behaving inappropriately. Weinstein’s attorney called the sentence “obscene,” stating that murderers spend less time in jail.

The 67-year-old producer was taken to New York City’s notorious Rikers Island correctional facility after receiving his sentence, but he was quickly transferred to Bellevue, where he was expected to stay at least overnight.

“We are incredibly appreciative of the level of care and attention the NYC Dept. of Corrections is showing regarding Mr. Weinstein’s medical condition,” a representative said via email.

The fallen studio boss also underwent surgery in December due to back pain reportedly caused by an accident in August. At the time of the crash, Weinstein said he swerved to avoid hitting a deer and slammed his 2017 Jeep into a tree.

The former film exec has appeared to be in poor health throughout his court appearances, using a walker to get to and from the courtroom. His attorneys have said that he is suffering from serious health issues, and they argued that his sentence should be reduced for that reason.

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There have also been concerns that Weinstein will be at risk of physical harm at Rikers, a jail known for poor conditions and incidences of violence. The New York City council recently voted to close the prison and open four new ones to replace it, CNN reported in October.

“Today is a day that the history books will look back on as a good day for New York City,” Councilman Corey Johnson said of the decision. “This is a step forward, this is progress, this is the right thing to do.”

Weinstein underwent a heart procedure earlier this month at a Manhattan hospital, where he received a stent to help improve blood flow to his heart before being transferred back to the infirmary at Rikers Island last Thursday.

Weinstein’s lawyers plan to appeal the conviction in New York. He now faces additional charges in Los Angeles for sexual assault charges.


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