Harvey Weinstein rushed to hospital instead of jail after rape conviction

Harvey Weinstein has avoided going straight to jail after being convicted of third-degree rape and sexual assault, instead being rushed to hospital. 

According to NBC, Weinstein was rerouted to a New York City hospital on the way to the jail on Rikers Island after he was found guilty of two of the five charges against him. 

Variety reports a representative for the disgraced movie mogul said he had been complaining of chest pains. 

Weinstein was convicted of sexually assaulting his former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann, an aspiring actress, in 2013.

Having previously been free on a US$2 million bond, Weinstein was ordered to be held in jail until his sentencing on March 11. 

Weinstein's lawyer Donna Rotunno argued the producer's poor health meant he should remain out of custody - citing an unsuccessful back surgery and his requiring shots to keep from going blind. 

Throughout his trial, Weinstein frequently appeared at court using a walker for assistance.

He faces up 29 years in prison.