Former film producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein is losing his eyesight and teeth in prison, according to his lawyer on 12th April. The 69-year-old perverted film mogul appeared virtually in an upstate court to oppose extradition to Los Angeles where he’s indicted on 11 counts of sex crimes indictment.
Weinstein’s appearance in Erie County Court can be viewed through a video monitor. The condemned film producer was seen wearing a burgundy sweater and appeared to be in high spirits, as he’s seen smiling and chatting with his lawyers before the proceeding commenced.
However, one of Weinstein’s attorneys, Norman Effman told Judge Kenneth Case that the convicted rapist refused to be extradited to the Golden State just yet due to some eye and dental issues that needed to be healed first.
The attorney stated that Weinstein is nearly blind and required an eye operation. Furthermore, Effman stated that the sex offender is “scheduled for some dental procedures to save his teeth — he’s lost, I believe four at this point.”
Although Los Angeles prosecutors did not agree on delaying the extradition, Effman blamed them for failing to provide adequate or legal paperwork. The attorney also exclaimed that the indictment is “very similar to the original felony complaint but not identical.” He said that this is due to one of the charges being “changed somewhat, narrowing the time period.”
Colleen Curtin Gable, the County Assistant DA was surprised by Effman’s opposition and defended the prosecutors. She also expressed, “What’s humanitarian to all people involved including the victims in this case is that time is of the essence.”
Nonetheless, Judge Kenneth Case granted Effman’s request for another hearing scheduled for 30th April. Therefore, the judge permitted Weinstein’s legal team to file papers explaining their opposition to extradite the former movie producer until 20th April. Moreover, prosecutors were given only one week to respond.
Effman also clarified that Weinstein is “not going anywhere.” Even if the extradition is granted, he would still have 30 days to ask governor Andrew Cuomo to consider blocking it under New York law.
Regarding Weinstein’s injuries, Twitter users couldn’t care less about his pain and have been constantly mocking the convicted sex offender, obviously having no empathy for his past criminal actions.