Harvey Weinstein is still posted up at Bellevue Hospital after he clutched his chest like Fred Sanford and avoided being sent to Rikers Island as soon as he was found guilty of third-degree rape and a first-degree criminal sexual act on Monday. And it looks like he might be there for a while. According to TMZ, the New York City Department of Corrections is nervous Weinstein might get Epsteined on their watch. Apparently Harvey’s worried too, and hired a prison consultant prior to his conviction who, according to Page Six, is “helping Weinstein’s camp with logistics.” Specifically as they relate to his medical care. Since this consultant is “not a psychologist,” I’m going to assume it’s an acting coach who will guide Harvey in making sure his heart palpitations, back pain and diabetes flare up sufficiently enough to keep him out of Rikers until his sentencing which is scheduled for March 11.
TMZ reports that NYC Department of Corrections is panicking over the prospect of Harvey suffering an oopsie daisy like the one that befell convicted sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein while in their care.
High-ranking officials at NYC’s Department of Corrections tell TMZ … there’s anxiety running through the ranks about another “Epstein Incident” and the scrutiny that would follow if HW offed himself on their watch, which is why an action plan is in place.
If he does get transferred to Rikers, that action plan includes all the normal things you would assume would have been in place for Epstein. Unless there was something fishy going on. And there’s definitely nothing fishy going on, right? Because that would be crazy.
For starters, we’re told one possibility is that Weinstein will be housed in a private section of Rikers Island’s North Infirmary Command, which is for high-profile inmates or guys with health issues — Harvey fits both.
Once he’s there and all checked in, our sources say HW will probably get his own cell with round-the-clock surveillance cameras watching his every move. And, when he’s out walking around, we’re told he’ll have DOC officials escorting him. There’s a reason for that.
You’ll recall … Epstein’s death was put under a magnifying glass when he hanged himself in his cell, while guards were supposed to be checking in periodically. That whole thing’s still being investigated right now, but in any case … officials don’t want that with Harvey.
Oh, I think we can agree that most of us want Harvey to live. At least for another 5 to 29 years. Meanwhile, Harvey’s practically having a spa vacation at Bellevue. (via Page Six)
Weinstein lawyer Arthur Aidala, who visited his client at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan on Tuesday, said it is unclear when the convicted rapist and former powerhouse movie producer might be moved to Rikers while awaiting sentencing March 11.
Aidala said Tuesday that Weinstein is expecting visits from family and friends there.
I hope his guests are bringing him lots of clean underwear. I’m sure the poor people who work in the laundry at Bellevue are used to cleaning up all sorts of unsavory messes, but I bet they’ve never been exposed to the volume of panic poo that’s probably flying out of Harvey’s ass right now, or the rankness of his flop-sweat covered sheets. I hope for their sake somebody just periodically hoses him down from a distance and calls it a day.