Harvey Weinstein in good spirits and ‘looking forward’ to visitors in hospital after rape conviction, lawyer says – The Sun

Harvey Weinstein in good spirits and ‘looking forward’ to visitors in hospital after rape conviction, lawyer says – The Sun

HARVEY Weinstein is in good spirits and "looking forward" to visitors in hospital following his rape conviction, his lawyer said.

The disgraced movie producer was rushed to hospital with chest pains on Monday after being told he faces up to 29 years in jail following his landmark #MeToo trial.

Weinstein remained in a jail unit at Bellevue Hospital, where he was taken after the guilty verdicts to be checked out for heart palpitations and high blood pressure.

On Tuesday, attorney Arthur Aidala told reporters: "He's in pretty good spirits. He's energized.

The lawyer added that his client insists he's innocent and has been left flabbergasted by the verdict, but is determined to fight on.

He said: "There is a portion of him where hes just scratching his head and he doesn't know how this happened, but hes cautiously optimistic about prevailing on appeal."

Weinstein, 67, wailed" "I'm innocent. How can this happen in America?" after being found guilty on two of five charges against him.

He was later pictured leaving the New York court in an ambulance in what was described as a "precautionary measure".

Weinstein was convicted of criminal sexual act in the first degree against production assistant Mimi Haleyi and rape in the third degree against aspiring actress Jessica Mann.

The two charges carry a combined maximum 29-year sentence and a minimum of at least five years behind bars.

Weinstein is a vicious, serial sexual predator

Weinstein’s fall from Oscar-winner to convicted rapist was complete when he was handcuffed and due to be transported to New York’s notorious Rikers Island jail, before sentencing on March 11.

He appeared unwilling to get out of his seat in court, before officers placed him in cuffs and led him away – ditching the Zimmer frame he had used throughout the trial.

Afterwards, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr said: “Weinstein is a vicious, serial sexual predator who used his power to threaten, rape, assault and trick, humiliate and silence his victims.

“This is the new landscape for survivors of sexual assault in America.

"It is a new day because Harvey Weinstein has finally been held accountable for crimes he committed."

Aidala's remarks came after Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant who accused Weinstein of forcing oral sex on her in 2006, called the verdict a "huge relief."

"I just think that were being educated about the reality of sexual assault and sexual assault victims," Haleyi said on CBS This Morning.

"Its not always just a stranger. Its very often somebody that the person knows, and with that comes an entire other layer of processing."

Weinstein was acquitted of first-degree rape and two counts of predatory sexual assault and he's maintained that any sex between him and his accusers was consensual.

Asked about Weinstein on Tuesday, President Donald Trump called the disgraced producer's conviction a great victory for women that sends a very strong message."

"He was a person I didn't like," Trump told reporters during a news conference in India. "

The people that liked him were the Democrats. Michelle Obama loved him. Loved him. Hillary Clinton loved him."

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