Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year sentence at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York, after being convicted of rape and sexual assault in February. He is currently facing 11 counts, including rape and sexual battery, involving five women in California, after the Los Angeles District Attorney announced six new charges this month.
“[Weinstein’s] physical and mental condition has so deteriorated, I do not think it’s an overstatement to say that if he is not released as part of this application, his chances of surviving in prison are rather low,” said attorney Barry Kamins. ‘The defendant is almost blind, and he’s not ambulatory, and he’s on 20 medications.” Kamins added that Weinstein is currently wheelchair-bound and suffers from a number of medical conditions including coronary artery disease, diabetic retinopathy, and an enlarged aorta and prostate.
Manhattan Assistant D.A. Joan Illuzzi-Orbon argued that if he were released from prison, he would have motive to flee and has the resources to do so. “He is a man of extraordinary means, more so than any defendant I have ever prosecuted,” she said.