Harvey Weinstein 'miserable' at Rikers, feeling 'humbled'

If you paid any attention to the trial last month, you probably saw that Harvey Weinstein came to court each day using a walker. There was some speculation that his was a play for sympathy and not a legitimate necessity. In any case, Weinstein was convicted on two counts nearly two weeks ago. The NY Times reports this detail about his first moments as a convict:


As the jury read the verdict, Mr. Weinstein said several times to his lawyers, “But I’m innocent.” A few hours later, he was hospitalized with chest pains.

After leaving the courthouse, Weinstein’s ambulance was diverted from Rikers Island to Bellevue hospital:

The ambulance carrying Weinstein to Rikers on Monday was diverted to Bellevue Hospital due to heart palpitations and high blood pressure, his attorney Donna Rotunno said.

Weinstein remained in Bellevue’s prison ward Tuesday morning, the hospital said…

There is no update on when Weinstein will go to Rikers. He is very secure but is not handcuffed to the bed, according to Aidala. Weinstein has family with him, Aidala said.

This again was seen by some as an attempt to stay out of Rikers. A photo of him watching television at Bellevue made news last week:

But it appears that Weinstein’s condition was serious enough that doctors at Bellevue placed a stent in his heart. He was finally transferred to Rikers one day after the heart procedure. He is now in a special wing of the infirmary for inmates who would be in danger if placed among the general population. According to Weinstein’s spokesman, he is “miserable” at Rikers after a fall that left him complaining he had a concussion. He is also expressing something like regret:


“He’s miserable but trying to be optimistic as best he can,” Engelmayer said. “He has had a lot of time to think about his life and be humbled, but he thinks it’s going to be a long, uphill battle from here.”…

On Saturday night, Weinstein took a tumble after trying to walk on his own. “He fell on his head and thinks he has a concussion,” Engelmayer said. “His head has been pounding since yesterday.”

I say regret rather than remorse because it sounds like he’s mostly feeling sorry for himself rather than for the women he harmed. Still, even with the perks of being a celebrity convict, his life is going to be very, very different from now on.

Weinstein’s sentencing is scheduled for this Wednesday. He is facing up to two decades in prison but at a minimum he’ll have several more years to think about his life. He is also still facing a separate trial on rape charges in Los Angeles.

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