Harvey Weinstein 'fell and hit his head' at Rikers prison03/09/2020
Harvey Weinstein ‘is being treated for concussion after falling and hitting his head’ at Rikers prison where he is ‘living in a dorm-style cell with two other inmates’
- Weinstein is said to have been ‘miserable’ ever since arriving at the New York jail
- The 67-year-old will be sentenced for two sex crimes this coming Wednesday
- It’s claimed that he was being kept isolated for fears prisoners might attack him
Harvey Weinstein is being treated for concussion after falling and hitting his head in prison, it has been reported.
The disgraced film producer is caged in a dorm-style cell in New York’s notorious Rikers Island prison with two other inmates, a source claimed yesterday.
Weinstein – who is said to have been ‘miserable’ ever since arriving at the jail – has been treated for the fall.
The 67-year-old will be sentenced for two sex crimes on Wednesday and is said to have been been ‘humbled’ by his incarceration for sex crimes.
Weinstein – who is said to have been ‘miserable’ ever since arriving at the jail in New York- has been treated for the fall. He is pictured arriving at the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City
His spokesperson Juda Engelmayer told Page Six: ‘He’s miserable but trying to be optimistic as best he can. He has had a lot of time to think about his life and be humbled, but he thinks it’s going to be a long, uphill battle from here.’
He added that adjusting to jail life has been especially difficult without the aid of his walker.
On Saturday night, Weinstein fell over after trying to walk on his own. ‘He fell on his head and thinks he has a concussion,’ Engelmayer said. ‘His head has been pounding since yesterday.’
Details of his supposed prison set-up were disclosed following reports in the US that he was given his own wing at the prison, which is so grim it is being shut down by New York City in 2026.
The disgraced movie mogul is housed in the North Infirmary Command with two ‘older gentlemen,’ his spokesperson added.
An official at the city’s Department of Corrections claimed that he was being kept isolated for fears other prisoners might attack him.
The disgraced film producer is caged in a dorm-style cell in New York’s notorious Rikers Island prison (pictured) with two other inmates, a source claimed yesterday
The news website TMZ said he was given 24-hour security and medical care. A source close to the movie mogul said he had already had a fall that required medical attention.
He had been accused of getting special treatment because after his conviction on February 24, instead of going straight to Rikers, he was taken to hospital, where he stayed for ten days.
He was taken to Bellevue Hospital by ambulance immediately after being found guilty when he complained of chest pains.
Weinstein had a four-hour operation to put a stent in his heart, but was deemed healthy enough to move last Friday.
He was then taken from Bellevue in New York to Rikers Island. His legal team had hoped he would stay at the hospital until his sentencing.
He is guilty of one count of a criminal sexual act and one count of third-degree rape and faces up to 29 years in jail.
The disgraced movie mogul is housed in the North Infirmary Command with two ‘older gentlemen,’ his spokesperson has said. Pictured is an aerial view of Rikers Island prison
He had been accused of getting special treatment because after his conviction on February 24, instead of going straight to Rikers, he was taken to hospital, where he stayed for ten days
The victims were Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant, and Jessica Mann, an aspiring actress.
Miss Haleyi is expected to read a victim impact statement at his sentencing.
Until then, Weinstein is being kept on the sixth floor of the main building of the North Infirmary Command at Rikers – a unit for high-profile prisoners and inmates with medical issues.
The source said: ‘Harvey and his prison consultant say it’s not true that the floor is closed down for him. He has two roommates. It’s dorm style. He has the same treatment as everybody else has.
‘He said that this is a very humbling and reflective time for him.
‘He is being very respectful and not the same arrogant man he once was. He’s not in good condition physically, he has fallen down in the jail already, and he’s doing his best to stay the course.’
It was not clear what crimes Weinstein’s roommates have been convicted of, although Rikers includes everyone from burglars to murderers.
TMZ also reported that Weinstein was under 24-hour surveillance to stop him killing himself.
Prison officials fear that he may do the same as billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who hanged himself in his cell while awaiting sex trafficking charges.
Weinstein was said to be monitored by cameras and frequent checks by guards.
Sources told TMZ he receives medical attention for back problems, eye issues and other ailments, including after-care for his recent surgery.
An enhanced supervision housing unit on Rikers Island in New York pictured in March 2015
The Department of Corrections said Weinstein gets one hour of recreation time every day and access to the law library and religious services.
His meals include healthy options, but he can request junk food. Weinstein is known for loving his sweets, and cleaned out the court’s canteen of his favourite brand during the trial.
On Friday prosecutors filed a memo calling for Weinstein to receive a severe sentence to reflect a 40-year career of sexual misconduct.
Joan Illuzzi, the lead prosecutor, said the list of incidents shows a ‘lifetime of abuse toward others, sexual and otherwise’.
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