Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein was finally moved to Rikers Island prison on Thursday, more than a week after he was convicted of rape and criminal sexual acts in a Manhattan court, the New York Post reported.
Weinstein, 67, had heart palpitations on February 24 while on his way to Rikers shortly after the jury announced its verdicts, as CrimeOnline previously reported. He was diverted to Bellevue Hospital, where he had a stent placement Wednesday night to allow for the transfer.
The disgraced producer’s spokesman Juda Engelmayer told the Post he left the hospital for prison at about 1 p.m. Records show he was taken to Rikers’ North Infirmary.
Last week, photographs published by New York television station PIX11 showed Weinstein lounging watching television at the hospital with a wheelchair beside him. A source told the station that Weinstein was “free to roam” the hospital, although he was accompanied at all times by officers from the Department of Corrections Emergency Services Unit.
NBC New York reported that Weinstein’s “team” wanted to keep him at Bellevue, arguing that he needed the medical care provided at the hospital. Sources told the station that they believe he will be housed in a “dorm cell” at Rikers with round-the-clock supervision and medical care.
Weinstein is due back in court on March 11 for sentencing. He faces up to 29 years in prison.
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[Featured image: Harvey Weinstein arriving at court on February 24/AP Photo/Craig Ruttle]