Harvey Weinstein rushed to hospital just hours after guilty verdict

Tom Flanagan
News Reporter

Harvey Weinstein has been rushed to hospital after complaining of chest pains hours after being convicted of third-degree rape and sexual assault.

He was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, according to his representative.

Weinstein was supposed to be transferred to the jail on Rikers Island, but was diverted to Bellevue. 

Weinstein was remanded into custody on Monday morning after a jury convicted him on charges of sexual assault and third-degree rape.

Harvey Weinstein arrives at court for his sexual misconduct trial. Source: AP

Bellevue is known for its psychiatric facility, but it also serves as a hospital for jail inmates.

Weinstein had been free on $US2 million bond, but Justice James Burke ordered he be held in jail prior to sentencing on March 11.

His attorney, Donna Rotunno, urged the judge to allow him to remain free, saying that he recently had unsuccessful back surgery and requires shots in order to keep from going blind.

Weinstein appeared in court most days with a walker, which his attorneys said was a result of his lingering back issues.

An ambulance carrying Harvey Weinstein is escorted from a Manhattan courthouse. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

During a TV interview on Fox News with Martha MacCallum on Monday evening, Rotunno was asked if Weinstein would be getting medical care at whichever prison facility he ends up in, since he was remanded. 

Rotunno said her client will be receiving medical care, and she mentioned that he was having heart palpitations on Monday, though she did not reveal that he was admitted to the hospital with chest pains.

Weinstein faces five to 29 years in prison.

With AAP

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