Even as a convicted rapist, former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein still flies privately.
Weinstein – who has spent 23 years behind bars in New York for rape and sexual assault – was extradited to California on Tuesday to be prosecuted for sexual abuse. Sources told Page Six that he had flown to the West Coast on a private jet due to his health problems.
Photos showed 69-year-old Weinstein disembarking from a private jet in Burbank, California. A lawyer confirmed to Page Six that Weinstein did indeed fly privately.
Retired Supreme Court Justice Barry Kamins of Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins — the firm that oversees Weinstein’s New York profession — told us the jet had been settled with Weinstein’s lawyers in the state because of Weinstein’s health concerns.
“Often people who are extradited are taken by bus…. it’s not done with the plane,” he said. But he added that a jet was the “easiest way to get him there.”
The once-high-flying film producer has a laundry list of health problems, his lawyers have previously said, including diabetes, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, spinal stenosis, sleep apnea, leg pain, arthritis, anemia and others. He was seen getting off the plane with a walker.
Weinstein is also working with a prison counselor, we’re told, to try and get him into a better medical prison than a local LA prison — though prosecutors have argued that the prison where Weinstein will be held has adequate medical care.
Weinstein pleaded not guilty to a slew of sex crimes charges on Wednesday. He was rolled into LA court in a wheelchair and charged with 11 charges of sexual assault, including four counts of rape.
He was previously at the Wende Correctional Facility in New York State. The charge in LA could face Weinstein another 140 years to life if convicted.
Prosecutors in LA now have 120 days to bring Weinstein’s case to trial, and Kamins said his New York appeal could likely take place in September before the case goes to trial in LA.
His lawyers also filed a motion on Wednesday to drop three of the 11 charges against him, arguing that the statute of limitations had expired.
“These charges are allegations made years and years ago,” his lawyer said outside the courtroom.
His next hearing in LA is scheduled for July 29.