Convicted rapist/disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein is asking a New York court docket to grant him bail whereas he waits to see if an enchantment on his rape conviction is granted, although the enchantment has not but been filed.
He’s asking for bail to be set within the quantity of $2 million due to his deteriorating well being, which incorporates an enlarged aorta and prostate. Courtroom papers say he’s shedding imaginative and prescient in each eyes resulting from diabetes and is confined to a wheelchair.
His lawyer, Barry Kamins, cites his shopper’s historical past of philanthropy, which incorporates his involvement in motion pictures that raised consciousness of racial injustice (The Butler, Lengthy Stroll to Freedom) and the documentary The Searching Floor, which centered on “sexual assault on campus.”
Kamins wrote: “His movies engendered empathy for many who are stricken by disabilities that society has stigmatized and for many who are victimized by injustice.”
Weinstein tested positive for COVID-19 in March and his legal professionals expressed considerations that he may get it once more in jail.
Though Weinstein is dealing with a number of extra rape and sexual battery expenses in California, the Los Angeles County Superior Courtroom licensed his launch on $5 million bail. Nevertheless, he’s at present imprisoned at Wende Correctional Facility in New York, the place he’s serving 23 years in jail after he was found guilty on March 11, 2020 of raping hairstylist Jessica Mann and forcibly performing oral intercourse on manufacturing assistant Miriam Haleyi.
Weinstein is awaiting extradition to California, the place he’ll stand trial on quite a few expenses in Los Angeles. An extradition listening to is about for December 11, 2020. ~Alexandra Heilbron
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