On Wednesday, lawyers for jailed film producer Harvey Weinstein asked a California judge to allow him to see a private dentist for fake teeth before he stands trial in October for sex crimes.
According to the New York Post, prison dentists will pull Weinstein’s decayed molars without replacing them. Weinstein’s attorney, Mark Werksman, said dentists at Twin Towers Correctional Facility told Weinstein, 70, he can either have the teeth pulled in prison or let them continue to rot.
Weinstein, who is currently serving a 23-year sentence for sex crimes including rape, said he wants his teeth fixed so he will look presentable for his upcoming trial in California. He also stated that his teeth are causing pain and are making it hard to eat.
“This situation is an emergency,” he told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lisa Lench, according to the New York Post. “I will pay for the dentist … it will be one trip and one trip only.”
Wednesday’s hearing was mainly about two witnesses in Italy who sought to testify via video. However, Lench asked Werksman to draft a formal request regarding Weinstein’s dental dilemma.
Last month, a New York court agreed to hear Weinstein’s appeal of his March 2020 conviction. The jailed producer has argued that he received an unfair trial, which entailed jurors hearing about misconduct allegations that did not pertain to the criminal charges he was facing at the time.
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