Harvey Weinstein violated the conditions of his release, prosecutors mentioned Friday as they requested a decide to hike the disgraced producer’s bond from $1 million to $5 million.
Weinstein, 67, seemed ashen in a lightweight grey go well with, as he limped into Manhattan Supreme Courtroom with assist from his group of protection attorneys.
Assistant DA Joan Illuzzi-Orbon mentioned Weinstein has been untrackable on a minimum of 56 separate events — together with throughout an Oct. 16 outing in Manhattan. He has a two-part gadget: a bracelet and a signaling gadget.
“The underside line, decide, is that this man might fly out on a non-public jet which he does and go to a different nation,” she mentioned, asking for the rise to both $5 million money, $10 million insurance coverage firm bond or $50 million safety bond. She mentioned he’s offered $60 million in property within the final two years, flies personal and is a severe flight threat.
Protection lawyer Donna Rotunno insisted that he’s by no means willfully violated the bail phrases, and that there aren’t sufficient cell towers close to his residence in Bedford to take care of the gadget’s connection. However she admitted he forgot to carry the signaling gadget on one Manhattan tour.
She additionally mentioned Weinstein has two ex-wives and an organization that went bankrupt. “He doesn’t have wherever close to the monetary windfall she says he has,” she informed the court docket.
Justice James Burke ordered the events again to court docket Wednesday, when he’ll make his ruling.
Weinstein is slated to go on trial Jan. 6 and faces as much as life in jail on 5 counts of predatory sexual assault, prison intercourse act and rape involving allegations from three ladies.
The disgraced producer was dragged again into court docket Friday to change his bail conditions in mild of the brand new bail reform legal guidelines going into impact Jan. 1.
An obscure provision of the laws signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this yr requires that solely authorities businesses or nonprofits present court-ordered digital monitoring of defendants who stay free awaiting trial.
That will imply that Burke can now not order that Weinstein put on an ankle bracelet as half of his bail package deal.
The Mayor’s Workplace of Felony Justice is scrambling to arrange the ankle bracelet program by way of a vendor, however it’s not out there but and sure received’t be for months, sources informed The Submit.
Bail bondsman Ira Judelson mentioned that whereas not court-ordered he might require Weinstein to put on the monitor as a situation of his writing a bigger bond. Weinstein pays Judelson about $7,500 a yr for the monitoring service.
The ankle bracelet is programmed to alert authorities if a defendant leaves a clearly outlined geographic space.
Weinstein is charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault in reference to the rape of “The Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra, 59, someday between late 1993 and early 1994.
He’s additionally accused of forcibly performing oral intercourse on manufacturing assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping a longtime lover, who hasn’t come ahead publicly, in 2013.