HARVEY Weinstein is being moved to a brutal New York prison Rikers Island after having heart surgery.
The convicted rapist, 67, had been trying to stay in his comfortable room at Bellevue Hospital Center until his sentencing next week.
Weinstein is being moved to the Rikers North Infirmary Unit after being hospitalized for high blood pressure and heart palpitations, his attorney, Arthur Aidala, said.
The shamed producer underwent a four-hour heart surgery last night before his transfer to the infirmary at the notorious New York City prison.
Weinstein spokesman’s Juda Engel Engelmayer said on Thursday the proceedure was “deemed successful,” but wouldn’t go into detail about it.
He is “obviously not the picture of health,” said Aidala, who saw Weinstein at the hospital this morning.
“He’s obviously not happy where he is. But he’s lucid and realistic about everything. He’s still in a state of disbelief.”
Weinstein is now being moved to NIC, which can hold just over 400 inmates in its two-building facility, housing them in specialized units for their own protection, or for medical reasons.
These inmates are not part of the general population at the infamous facility.
Weinstein will the be placed in protective custody in this dorm cell setting, where he will be constantly monitored and get medical attention.
The news comes as his legal team battles to get the convicted rapist into a softer prison, upon sentencing.
Sources say he has set his sights on the Federal Medical Center Devens in Massachusetts, where former congressman Anthony Weiner was sent to in 2017 after sexting a minor.
“He wants something like Anthony Weiner had,” a source told The Sun.
The jail is classed as a minimum security facility that employs specialists in cardiology, nephrology, endocrinology, surgery, neurology and pulmonology.
His main goal was to avoid any contact with the general population said the source, who added this is why an infirmary and in-house medical facility are so crucial to Harvey and his team.
Weinstein also wants the prison to be close to New York and have a strong Jewish base.
But the source could not explain why the shamed producer’s emphasis on Judaism as he was not a particularly religious man before his arrest.
Rikers is located on an island on the East River and it’s harsh reputation is well known.
After the jury’s guilty verdict on February 24, Weinstein was strapped to a stretcher and taken to Bellevue en route to the New York prison.
The convicted sex pest, who was found guilty of third-degree rape and criminal sex act in the first degree, was was pictured watching television in a comfortable hospital room last week.
The first images of Weinstein chilling out in front of the TV were obtained by PIX11 after he was rushed to the center in ambulance.
Weinstein was seen relaxing in front of the television last Friday morning, sitting in a leather chair next to his wheelchair after being hospitalized.
A source told the station it was very clear “Harvey does not want to go to Rikers” as he is seen scratching his head in front of a widescreen TV.
He’s due in court on Wednesday to face sentencing after he was convicted of forcibly performing oral sex on a woman in 2006 and third-degree rape for a 2013 attack on another woman.
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