Harvey Weinstein hobbled into Manhattan court Friday looking pallid and unsteady — thanks to severe diabetes and a spine condition, sources told The Post.
The 67-year-old accused rapist and former powerhouse Hollywood producer — who was in court for a new bail hearing — has suffered from adult-onset diabetes, back issues and other health problems that have been in free-fall since his arrest, sources said.
Weinstein’s health problems paved the way for him to be allowed to wear a modified monitoring device while he’s out on bail awaiting trial on sex charges — and the gadget was at the heart of Friday’s hearing.
Weinstein — who had a handler help prop him up as he entered the courtroom — was originally outfitted with a regular ankle bracelet, but because of his health issues, bail bondsman Ira Judelson swapped it out for a two-part device. The new device includes a slimmer ankle bracelet with a separate signaling component. The original device is not prone to the same user error.
“The one-piece device was problematic for his leg and medical issues,” Weinstein’s lawyer, Donna Rotunno, told the court of the original much bulkier monitor.
But Assistant DA Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said Weinstein’s ankle monitor was untraceable on at least 56 separate occasions, in violation of his bail conditions. Prosecutors said Weinstein repeatedly failed to keep within range as required.
Due to the violations and new bail-reform laws taking effect next year, Weinstein’s bail package has to be re-examined, with both sides making their arguments Friday. Justice James Burke is set to rule on the issue Wednesday.
Weinstein is currently free on $1 million cash bail. He faces up to life in prison on charges of predatory sexual assault, criminal sex act and rape in connection to three accusers.
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