Harvey Weinstein has heart surgery, will be transferred to Rikers, reports say

Maria Puente
USA TODAY

Published 3:57 PM EST Mar 5, 2020

Convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein has been transferred from Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan to the New York City jail on Rikers Island after an operation on his heart to remove a blockage, according to jail records.

Weinstein had been at Bellevue since Feb. 24 when he was convicted of two sex crimes and taken into custody pending sentencing on March 11. On his way to the city’s main jail on an East River island, he suffered chest pains and high blood pressure and was diverted to Bellevue instead.

The inmate locator for the city’s Department of Corrections shows Weinstein is now at Rikers, in its infirmary section. The record shows Weinstein, who turns 68 on March 19, is 5 feet 11 inches tall and currently weighs 210 pounds.

Weinstein’s spokesman, Juda Engelmayer, confirmed to USA TODAY that the ex-movie mogul underwent a procedure Wednesday to remove a blockage from his heart and was well enough to be transferred to Rikers on Thursday.

Weinstein is in the North Infirmary Command, the jail’s medical facility, which has specialized units that allow for protective custody for high-profile inmates.

USA TODAY reached out to Weinstein’s lawyers, Donna Rotunno, and Arthur Aidala, and to the New York City Department of Correctional Health Services for comment. 

“I have no information on this. We generally do not comment on patient status,” said Christopher Miller, senior director of media relations for the department.

Aidala told Variety on Wednesday that his client had been under several doctors’ care over the course of the trial.

“He’s OK,” Aidala said. “He’s in good shape. He’s handling things as well as can be expected.” 

Weinstein’s accusers and his many critics in the #MeToo movement were furious that he was at a hospital instead of the jail while awaiting his sentence. His lawyers have said neither he nor they had any say on his stay at the hospital.

“It was a New York City Department of Corrections decision, that that was the most suitable place for a 67-year-old man with a laundry list of illnesses who went from being in a walker to being in a wheelchair,” Aidala told The Hollywood Reporter.  

 

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