Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein going blind, losing teeth in prison - lawyer

Warning: This article discusses sexual assault. 


Harvey Weinstein is going blind and losing teeth in prison, according to his lawyer.

The disgraced movie producer is currently fighting extradition to Los Angeles from his New York prison. He has been indicted on 11 counts of sexual assault -  four counts of forcible rape, four of forcible oral copulation, two of sexual battery and one count of sexual penetration by force. 

His lawyer Norman Effman says Weinstein has health issues which need medical attention - which is why he shouldn't be extradited.

Effman told the Los Angeles Times Weinstein is "scheduled for some dental procedures to save teeth he's lost, I believe four at this point."

He also said his client was "almost technically blind and in need of surgery… and shots".

Judge Kenneth Case granted Weinstein one week to file a motion to challenge his extradition - Case will rule on it on April 30.

In February 2020 Weinstein was convicted of third-degree rape and a criminal sexual act. The following month he was sentenced to 23 years in prison - but his legal team signalled they would appeal the conviction almost immediately after it was laid.

Weinstein has denied all allegations of rape and sexual assault.