Former Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein was rushed to a New York hospital Wednesday night following a suspected mild heart attack.
Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in a New York state prison Wednesday morning after being convicted of third-degree rape and a criminal sex act.
Following his sentencing, The New York Times reported Weinstein was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he stayed overnight and still remains.
After being moved to Rikers Island from the Manhattan courthouse following his sentencing, Weinstein began having chest pains and officials decided to hospitalize him “for safety,” a spokesperson for the former executive told the Hollywood publication Variety .
“We appreciate the care and concern of the Department of Corrections officers and staff,” the spokesperson added.
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Weinstein’s attorneys pleaded for a minimum five-year sentence for the 67-year-old, arguing that he was in poor health.“Mr. Weinstein is a sick man,” attorney Donna Rotunno told the judge. “Mr. Weinstein has a multitude of medical issues.”The judge disagreed and instead handed down a sentence of more than 20 years.Variety also reported that Weinstein was previously hospitalized for a number of weeks after his Feb. 24 conviction .After being convicted, he complained of chest pains and was diverted to Bellevue while en route to Rikers Island.The Weinstein case is seen as a landmark case for the #MeToo movement.After the sentencing, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said the sentence “puts sexual predators and abusive partners in […]