Harvey Weinstein hobbled into Manhattan court docket Friday wanting pallid and unsteady — thanks to extreme diabetes and a spine condition, sources informed The Submit.
The 67-year-old accused rapist and former powerhouse Hollywood producer — who was in court docket for a brand new bail listening to — has suffered from Sort 2 diabetes, again points and different well being issues which were in free-fall since his arrest, sources stated.
Weinstein’s well being issues paved the best way for him to be allowed to put on a modified monitoring machine whereas he’s out on bail awaiting trial on intercourse expenses — and the gadget was on the coronary heart of Friday’s listening to.
Weinstein — who had a handler assist prop him up as he entered the courtroom — was initially outfitted with a daily ankle bracelet, however due to his well being points, bail bondsman Ira Judelson swapped it out for a two-part machine. The brand new machine features a slimmer ankle bracelet with a separate signaling element. The unique machine isn’t susceptible to the identical person error.
“The one-piece machine was problematic for his leg and medical points,” Weinstein’s lawyer, Donna Rotunno, informed the court docket of the unique, a lot bulkier monitor.
However Assistant DA Joan Illuzzi-Orbon stated Weinstein’s ankle monitor was untraceable on at the least 56 separate events, in violation of his bail circumstances. Prosecutors stated Weinstein repeatedly failed to maintain inside vary as required.
Due to the violations and new bail reform legal guidelines taking impact subsequent yr, Weinstein’s bail package deal has to be re-examined, with either side making their arguments Friday. Justice James Burke is about to rule on the problem Wednesday.
Weinstein is at the moment free on $1 million money bail. He faces up to life in jail on expenses of predatory sexual assault, legal intercourse act and rape in reference to three accusers.