Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein is going blind and has misplaced a number of teeth behind bars, his lawyer claimed Monday — as the previous movie mogul appeared just about in an upstate court docket to combat extradition to Los Angeles on a recent sex-crimes indictment.
The ruined Hollywood rainmaker appeared in Erie County Courtroom through video monitor, sporting a burgundy sweater, and gave the impression to be in good spirits, smiling and chatting along with his attorneys earlier than the continuing started.
However his lawyer Norman Effman advised Decide Kenneth Case that his consumer doesn’t wish to be shipped off to the Golden State simply but as a result of he has dental and eye procedures that first should be addressed.
Particularly, Effman mentioned Weinstein is nearly blind and wants a watch operation. As well as, he’s “scheduled for some dental procedures to save lots of his teeth — he’s misplaced, I consider 4 at this level,” Effman mentioned.
LA prosecutors have refused to conform to a delay. However Effman is difficult the extradition on the grounds that the District Legal professional’s Workplace filed insufficient paperwork. The case quantity on the paperwork is from the felony grievance. However Weinstein was not too long ago indicted, which generated a brand new case quantity, and that needs to be on the papers, Effman argued.
Erie County Assistant DA Colleen Curtin Gable scolded Effman for not elevating the paperwork challenge sooner. “What’s humanitarian to all folks concerned together with the victims in this case is that point is of the essence,” she mentioned.
The decide granted the protection one week to file a movement to problem the extradition, which he plans to rule on April 30.
Weinstein’s protection workforce can even petition embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo to intervene on his behalf.
The fallen film magnate is already serving 23 years for rape and legal intercourse act at Wende Correctional Facility folowing his conviction in New York.
However he was hit in October with the 11-count felony grievance on the West Coast, which incorporates costs of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and sexual battery by restraint stemming from the allegations of 5 ladies.
He has since been indicted on comparable however not equivalent counts, in accordance with Effman. If convicted, he faces as much as 140 years to life in jail for the alleged crimes that stretch from 2004 to 2013.
The 69-year-old had his extradition to the Metropolis of Angels pushed again twice as a result of coronavirus pandemic. LA prosecutors filed extradition paperwork in March final 12 months to convey the disgraced producer to California.
A Manhattan jury discovered Weinstein responsible in February 2020 of raping hairstylist Jessica Mann in 2013 and forcibly performing oral intercourse on former “Undertaking Runway” TV staffer Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi in 2006.
He appealed the conviction earlier this month, claiming he was “disadvantaged of a good trial.”
Weinstein’s Los Angeles lawyer Mark Werksman mentioned his consumer is harmless. “These are stale, unsubstantiated, uncorroborated, uncredible allegations that arose through the hysteria of the #MeToo motion and we’re assured that Mr. Weinstein might be acquitted as a result of there’s no credible proof in opposition to him. He’s harmless,” Werksman mentioned in an announcement in regards to the indictment.
Earlier than Monday’s listening to started, Weinstein, seemingly unaware his mic was dwell, lauded Werksman, who was observing however not taking part in the listening to.
“That was fairly an announcement. I actually, actually appreciated that. Thanks. That was superior,” the imprisoned predator gushed earlier than his lawyer warned him he might be heard on the dwell feed.