The film producer Harvey Weinstein, found guilty on Monday for two sex crimes, one of them rape in third grade, was transferred to a New York City hospital with heart palpitations, so he did not enter Rikers Island prison , where I was scheduled to enter.
According to various local media, Weinstein's lawyer, Donna Rotunno, said tonight that the producer was at Bellevue Hospital under observation for high blood pressure and heart palpitations. It was not clear if he would spend the night there or if he would go to the Rikers Island infirmary at the last minute.
Weinstein, 67, was found guilty on Monday of two of the five charges charged to him by the Prosecutor: one of first-degree criminal sexual acts, which carries between 5 and 25 years in prison, for practicing oral sex by force production assistant Mimi Haley in 2006; and another of rape in third grade, punished with a maximum of 4 years, against the aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013.
Pending the conviction of March 11, Weinstein faces a maximum of 29 years in prison after the verdict issued by the jury of the "historic" trial in New York, made possible by the cascade of complaints that triggered the feminist movement of MeToo, who on Monday applauded the bravery of the "survivors."
Despite being guilty of those crimes, Weinstein raided the maximum life sentence that carried two charges of "predatory" sexual assault related to the alleged violation of actress Annabella Sciorra in 1993, and the 25 years of punishment for the crime of rape in First grade against Jessica Mann, in total three serious charges from which he was exonerated.
That one day he was the most powerful producer in Hollywood, less physically come down because of back problems that forced him to have surgery before starting the trial on January 6, he heard his verdict stoically, although his lawyer Arthur Aidala told the media He could be heard saying in disbelief: "But I am innocent, how can this happen in the United States."