Harvey Weinstein muttered, “But I’m innocent, I’m innocent. How can this happen in America?” as the guilty verdict against him was read in Manhattan court Monday, one of his lawyers said.
“He just kept repeating those words,” said Weinstein lawyer Arthur Aidala to reporters.
Weinstein was found guilty of rape and criminal sex act by a seven-man, five-woman jury in a #MeToo-era trial that featured emotional and graphic testimony of six accusers.
Weinstein, who faces up to 29 years behind bars for the raps, was remanded into custody until his sentencing March 11.
“He’ll have a very powerful appeal,” Aidala said. “We can go in and get him bail pending appeal, and hopefully he’ll be home within the week.”
The disgraced movie moguls lawyers requested that Weinstein be put in an infirmary unit on Rikers Island, and Justice James Burke said he will put in a “judicial request” to jail authorities about placing Weinstein in the infirmary.
Aidala said Weinstein’s defense team is “cautiously optimistic” that Weinstein will be placed in the infirmary unit.
“Even though the judge doesn’t have the power to order it, typically when he makes that recommendation it’s followed,” Aidala said.