Harvey Weinstein hires ‘prison prepper’ to help him get ready for decades in jail – The Sun

DISGRACED Harvey Weinstein has hired a “prison prepper” to prepare him for decades in jail at the notorious Rikers Island.

The move was confirmed by Juda Engelmayer, Weinstein’s spokesman although he declined to reveal the name of the person assisting him.

It’s thought the consultant will help with the entire process from charging to sentencing to release, as well as assisting with obtaining perks inside and dealing with the inmate’s family.

Fees charged by consultants can range widely from just a few hundred dollars to around $100,000.

The infamous movie mogul faces a combined total of up to 29 years behind bars when he is due to be sentenced on March 11 after being found guilty of rape and sexual assault by a court on Monday.

Weinstein, 67, is currently under armed guard in a prison hospital after claiming he suffered from chest pains as he was being moved to Rikers Island.

He is currently being treated in Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for raised blood pressure.

Mr Engelmayer told The Telegraph it was unclear when he would be released and taken to jail.

Some doubt has been raised to just how ill Weinstein is with one source telling The New York Post he was “faking it a little bit”.

Weinstein’s lawyer, Donna Rotunno, told Fox New that he was also being checked out for heart palpitations, but added: “He’s OK.”

Lawyers for Weinstein want him sent to the jail’s North Infirmary Command – two buildings that house sick inmates as well as those who need protection from their neighbours.

The jail, located on an island in the East River, is riddled with violence and neglect and New York mayor Bill de Blasio said in 2017 he intended to close it down within a decade.

Federal prosecutors concluded in 2015 that guards routinely abused inmates at the jail, after they carried out an investigation.

Weinstein's wealth and privilege will mean nothing in Rikers, where he will be officially known as prisoner No. 06581138Z.

He'll be just one of 12,000 inmates cooped up in cramped and claustrophobic cells, which are freezing in winter and horribly hot in the summer.

In fact, in 2014 the Associated Press found dozens of inmates perished because of dangerous heat levels.

It is notorious for its utter brutality with hundreds of stabbings each year.

Bladed weapons are frequently found in cell searches.

Weinstein was kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, in 2017.

President Donald Trump has also aired his views on the case.

Mr Trump said: “He said he'd work hard to defeat me in the election. How did that work out, by the way?

“I don't know much about the case. But I was not a fan of his. The people who liked him were the Democrats – Michelle Obama loved him, Hillary Clinton loved him.

“From the standpoint of women I think it was a great thing – a great victory, and I think it sends a strong message.”

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