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Harvey Weinstein continues to claim innocence from hospital bed

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Harvey Weinstein is still in hospital, and still professing his innocence.

Weinstein was rushed to hospital on Tuesday while on his way to the New York jail Rikers Island after a landmark conviction for rape and sexual assault. 

Speaking to US industry publication Variety, one of Weinstein’s legal team, Arthur Aidala, said the movie mogul was “still in disbelief of the charges he was convicted of. He’s very consistent about his innocence.”

Harvey Weinstein continues to cry innocent from his hospital bed.

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Harvey Weinstein continues to cry innocent from his hospital bed.

Aidala said he did not know the exact reason for his client’s hospitalisation but said there was an EKG machine, which measures the heart’s electrical activity, in his room.

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He claimed that the day Weinstein was found guilty, he wasn’t able to take his regular medication.

Weinstein had appeared in court using a walker for most of his trial, which his lawyer, Donna Rotunno, said was due to botched surgery on his back. She claimed he required shots to keep from going blind.

Harvey Weinstein defense attorneys Arthur Aidala, left, and Donna Rotunno.

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Harvey Weinstein defense attorneys Arthur Aidala, left, and Donna Rotunno.

It was reported that he was complaining of chest pains when he was admitted to Bellevue Hospital, a facility for inmates.

Aidala told Variety when he visited Weinstein, “I was prepared for the worst. I was expecting to see him in really bad shape, but he wasn’t. He was OK.”

A doctor would make the decision on when Weinstein, who was denied bail, will be transferred to Rikers, Aidala added.

Weinstein had been using a walker for most of his trial due to what his lawyer claimed was botched back surgery.

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Weinstein had been using a walker for most of his trial due to what his lawyer claimed was botched back surgery.

Weinstein faces a maximum sentence of 29 years after his convictions for third-degree rape and sexual assault against two women. 

He was acquitted on the more serious charge of predatory sexual assault, which carries a maximum life sentence.

He will be sentenced on March 11.

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