Harvey Weinstein remained hospitalized Thursday after experiencing chest pains moments after he was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. The New York Times originally reported Weinstein was rushed to the New York hospital Wednesday after experiencing a “mild heart attack” and stayed overnight, according to his spokesperson. The newspaper later retracted the statement and said the movie mogul instead had dangerously high blood pressure. Hours after his sentencing, Weinstein was moved to Bellevue Hospital after complaining of chest pains. His spokesperson told The Daily Beast that Rikers Island jail staff “had decided for safety” to have him checked out at the hospital. “He is being watched carefully at Bellevue,” his spokesperson told The Daily Beast on Thursday but declined to say if he’d suffered a heart attack.
This is the second time Weinstein ended up in Bellevue Hospital after being given distressing news. Following his February conviction, he was sent to the hospital instead of Rikers Island jail complex after he experienced high blood pressure and heart palpitations. He later “had a stent put in to open a blockage,” and remained at the hospital for 10 days, his spokesperson said.