Harvey Weinstein hospitalized for testing after return to New York jail

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Ex-movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was hospitalized for a bevy of tests after returning to a New York jail shortly after the state’s highest court overturned his 2020 rape and sexual assault conviction, according to his attorney. 

Weinstein’s 2020 conviction was overturned in New York’s Court of Appeals in a 4-3 decision, citing a judicial error by Judge James Burke for allowing women to testify who were not part of the case against the former movie producer. 

“They examined him and sent him to Bellevue. It seems like he needs a lot of help, physically. He’s got a lot of problems. He’s getting all kinds of tests. He’s somewhat of a train wreck health wise,” Weinstein’s lawyer Arthur Aidala said, according to The Associated Press. 

The New York City Department of Correction spokesperson told The Hill that Weinstein “remains in custody at Bellevue Hospital.” 

The Hill has reached out to Bellevue Hospital for comment. 

The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision spokesperson told the AP that Weinstein was transferred to the New York City Department of Correction in accordance with the ruling after being at a Mohawk Correctional Facility, a state prison. 

Weinstein served a 23-year sentence. He was found guilty of third-degree rape and criminal sexual act following the allegations about him that came up in 2017, igniting the #MeToo movement. 

The appeals court said on Thursday that Burke’s entry of “untested allegations” did not provide credibility to the criminal charges and damaged the ex-movie mogul’s character. 

Following Thursday’s decision, a retrial was ordered. Weinstein stayed in custody due to his 2022 conviction involving rape where he was sentenced to 16 years in jail. 

The Hill has reached out to Aidala for comment.

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