Harvey Weinstein injured in Rikers Island after he felt dizzy and fell, may have suffered concussion
Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein took a bad fall at the Rikers Island prison where he is currently incarcerated and may have suffered a concussion, his publicist has revealed. Following his conviction for sexual crimes late last month, Weinstein, 67, was ordered to be held at New York's infamous jail complex without bond until his sentencing hearing on March 11.
His lawyers had sought that he be sent to the jail's North Infirmary Command, which consists of two buildings that house sick inmates and those with enough notoriety to require protection from their neighbors. And while that request was granted, it appears as though even the infirmary wasn't safe enough for the 67-year-old, who is currently sharing a cell with two "older gentlemen."
His spokesman Juda Engelmayer told Page Six that, on Saturday, March 7, Weinstein took a fall while trying to walk without the aid of his walker. "He fell on his head and thinks he has a concussion," she said. "His head has been pounding since yesterday."
Weinstein was seen regularly using his walker to move in and out of the courthouse during his highly-publicized trial but has been without it since he was jailed.
Engelmeyer conceded he has a wheelchair in the prison, where he was transferred to on March 5 after spending nearly two weeks at Bellevue Hospital following a heart procedure, but that he finds it difficult to use.
"They took away his walker before and put him in a government-issued wheelchair to push him around until they can determine how capable he is on his own to walk," she said, adding that prison officials had told them "we could hide a shiv in there, and [authorities] wouldn’t know. So if he needs a walker, it will be a prison-issued walker."
She also revealed that Weinstein was not liking life in prison and that he was "miserable."
"It’s a prison cell," she said. "It has a sink and toilet, all stainless steel and open. He’s miserable but trying to be optimistic as best he can. He has had a lot of time to think about his life and be humbled, but he thinks it’s going to be a long, uphill battle from here."
MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) previously reported that Weinstein was convicted of raping one woman and sexually assaulting another by a jury of seven men and five women after five days of deliberation. The verdict had followed weeks of often harrowing and excruciatingly graphic testimony from a string of accusers who told of rapes, forced oral sex, groping, masturbation, and lewd propositions from Weinstein.