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‘A Man Who Knows How to Manipulate’: Harvey Weinstein Accusers Say He’s Faking Health Scare


After Harvey Weinstein, 67, was convicted of rape and sexual assault on Monday, the judge ordered Weinstein jailed ahead of his March 11 sentencing. Weinstein was supposed to go to Rikers Island in New York City, but was taken instead to Bellevue Hospital.

Weinstein accusers were clearly not convinced that the heart palpitations and high blood pressure health scare is a legitimate one.

Eleven women went to Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday and spoke to the press both about what happened in New York the day before and the pending Los Angeles criminal case. In case you missed it, Los Angeles authorities confirmed they intend to proceed with the second case despite the New York conviction. Weinstein currently faces decades behind bars. His team plans to appeal the New York conviction.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Silence Breakers (Louisette Geiss, Louise Godbold, Lauren O’Connor, Larissa Gomes, Katherine Kendall, Jessica Barth, Caitlin Dulany, Rosanna Arquette, Lauren Sivan, Sarah Ann Masse, Melissa Sagemiller Nesic) revealed that their reaction to Weinstein’s conviction was mixed. Some rejoiced, others thought Weinstein should have been found guilty on all counts.

Their reaction to Weinstein’s health problems? Not so mixed.

“I personally felt like he’s a very good actor,” Geiss told the media. It’s not clear if the “actor” comment was a reference to a remark made by Weinstein defense lawyer Donna Rotunno about witness for the prosecution Annabella Sciorra. Sciorra testified that Weinstein raped her in the 1990s. Rotunno said she would probably be an effective witness because she’s an actress for a living.

“This is a man who knows how to manipulate the press and clearly he’s done so with his iconic walker; let’s just say I know women who are literally dying who are also victims and I say let’s give them the help,” Geiss continued. “If he’s got to go to the hospital it should be in jail, that kind of hospital, not one where he has his own suite.”

Sarah Masse said people without money would have just been taken to Rikers Island.

“I think we should all take a moment to realize that if that this wasn’t Harvey Weinstein and was just anyone that didn’t have money and power and couldn’t afford world’s best attorneys, they would be in jail, they wouldn’t get to go to the hospital. If you’re convicted of two felonies in New York, you’re taken to jail, that’s typically what happens, and if you’re not, then you’re getting special treatment,” she said.

Weinstein’s reps say that the health concerns are real. They say he’s now in a wheelchair and is afraid he will not survive prison.

Weinstein maintains that he is “innocent.”

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Matt Naham is the Senior A.M. Editor of Law&Crime.