Harvey Weinstein fell and hit head while in jail, is reflecting on past behavior, rep says




  • In Entertainment
  • 2020-03-09 15:45:33Z
  • By Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY
 

Harvey Weinstein fell and hit his head while trying to walk rather than use his wheelchair Sunday in jail, according to his representative.

The convicted sex offender, who is due to be sentenced Wednesday after being found guilty of two sex crimes last month, has expressed some remorse through his spokesman, apparently in response to a catalog of alleged bad behavior compiled by prosecutors for his trial judge.

Weinstein was transferred from Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan last week to the infirmary at the New York City jail on Rikers Island after an operation on his heart to remove a blockage, according to jail records.

Weinstein's representative, Juda Engelmayer, told USA TODAY on Monday that Weinstein shares a cell "with two other older gentlemen" and follows the same schedule as others in Rikers.

Engelmayer was unable to provide further updates on Weinstein's medical condition because he doesn't "get much phone time with him," but he noted Weinstein resides in the infirmary ward.

Weinstein had been at Bellevue since Feb. 24, when he was convicted of two sex crimes and taken into custody pending sentencing. On his way to the city's main jail on an East River island, he suffered chest pains and high blood pressure and was diverted to Bellevue instead.

Now that sentencing is approaching, and after prosecutors piled on more uncharged allegations against him in a pre-sentencing letter to the trial judge Friday, Weinstein is experiencing a sense of remorse for past behavior, according to Engelmayer said.

"Harvey has had time to himself in an environment he appreciates to be vastly different from what he had known," Engelmayer wrote to USA TODAY in an email. "In this short, but overwhelming period, he has been humbled so much more than he could have known.

"He was mean, he didn't often show respect, he treated some people with disdain, and he acknowledges it. He recognizes what put him here, and he will continue working on himself to be a better person."

Late Friday, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office sent a letter to Weinstein's trial judge containing a lengthy list of alleged incidents of sexual assault and harassment, workplace abuse and other "bad acts" dating as far back as 1978 that prosecutors compiled to persuade Judge James Burke to impose as lengthy a sentence as possible.

Weinstein faces a minimum of five years or up to 25 years in prison.

None of the 36 incidents listed provided names of the accusers nor any details of whether and how they were confirmed by investigators. Some of the allegations do not involve crimes, but together they paint a picture of Weinstein as a vicious bully whose "lifetime of abuse" traumatized scores of women and men, sexually or otherwise, over decades.

Weinstein's defense team is expected to file its own pre-sentencing letter to the judge on Monday. Both sides are expected to deliver statements in court Wednesday, and the two women Weinstein was convicted of sexually assaulting are expected to give victim impact statements.

Contributing: Maria Puente, USA TODAY

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Harvey Weinstein fell and hit head in prison, representative says

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