Convicted rapist and disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been rushed to hospital a short time after receiving a 23-year jail sentence.
The sentencing capped off the sensational trial which found Weinstein guilty of two offences. He spent a short time in prison before being taking to hospital after suffering chest pains.
A spokesperson for Weinstein confirmed he had been taken to Bellevue Hospital in New York after the staff at Rikers Island jail decided to send him there “for his safety”, Reuters reported.
"We appreciate the care and concern of the Department of Corrections officers and staff," Weinstein's spokesperson said.
This is the second time the 67-year-old has been taken to hospital following a jury finding him last month guilty of raping aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013 and sexually assaulting Mimi Haleyi in 2006.
Weinstein spent most of the trial hunched over a walker and after sentencing left court in a wheelchair.
Despite his failing health, defence attorney Arthur Aidala said Weinstein had “not given up by any stretch of the imagination”.
Weinstein faces more charges in Los Angeles, where prosecutors announced they were beginning the extradition process hours after his sentencing in New York.
The disgraced media mogul stands accused of raping a woman and sexually assaulting another in California in 2013.
“He wants to fight California, and he wants to win his appeal here. That’s his plan,” Mr Aidala said, according to the Associated Press.
Mr Aidala said when it came to Weinstein “all bets are off” and said the defence team did know what was happening.
Following the sentencing Mr Aidala appeared on Australia’s Today Show, where he vented about the outcome and criticised the judge’s sentence, prompting Karl Stefanovic to accuse him of “having a whine” because he “lost”.
During the sentencing, defence attorney Donna Rotunno described her client as a “sick man”, saying Weinstein would need constant care behind bars.
“This is a situation where the loss of freedom that he will suffer will not only affect his general overall health, but it will affect his ability to get the type of medical care that he’s going to need for the list of issues that he is dealing with,” she said.
Weinstein also listened to his victims give powerful statements about how his actions impacted them, while he rambled during his own statement about building a hospital.
“Not a hospital like the regular hospital,” he said.
“A hospital that deals with rehabilitation and redemption.”
Weinstein’s lawyers said he was also dealing with the ramifications of the unsuccessful back surgery he had last year following a car crash and he now requires injections in his eyes to prevent him from going blind.
– with Reuters and Associated Press
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