Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein is prone to get special treatment whereas in custody — as a result of officials fear one other “Epstein incident,” in line with stories.
The film mogul is already getting special measures in Bellevue Hospital, the place he was taken for chest pains after Monday’s conviction — with the whole jail hospital unit shut down only for him, a union official advised The City.
A jail captain escorts him on each transfer, and the crew watching him consists of a number of members of the division’s elite emergency response unit to make sure he doesn’t attempt to hurt himself, the location mentioned.
Still reeling from the scandal of Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide in his Manhattan lockup final August, the special measures will proceed even when the 67-year-old convict is discharged from hospital, the stories say.
He may even be saved out of Rikers Island for his personal security and despatched to a facility outdoors the town, in line with Joe Russo, president of the Assistant Deputy Wardens / Deputy Wardens Association.
Options might embody a jail in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and even as far-off as Albany — and even getting a whole housing unit only for him if he does find yourself at Rikers, Russo advised The City.
“He’s very high-profile and you may’t put him with any person else,” Russo advised the location.
“There appears to be a Jeffrey Epstein affect right here,” Russo mentioned.
High-ranking jail officials additionally advised TMZ that special plans had been being made to keep away from what they referred to as one other “Epstein Incident.”
The Correction Department declined to touch upon The City’s Weinstein report.
“He’s in our custody proper now,” Avery Cohen, a City Hall spokesperson, advised the location.
Weinstein was convicted in Manhattan courtroom Monday of rape and legal intercourse act — which leaves him dealing with as much as 29 years behind bars. Wherever he finally ends up, Weinstein must be effectively ready — having employed a “jail advisor’’ to assist put together him for his time behind bars.
Epstein, 66, was being held within the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Manhattan, awaiting sex-trafficking costs, when he was discovered useless the morning of Aug. 10.
Corrections officers Tova Noel and Michael Thomas with falsifying paperwork claiming they’d checked on Epstein and different inmates each half hour the evening he died. Both guards pleaded “not responsible.”