Harvey Weinstein would like to defer one of the many lawsuits cluttering his calendar, arguing that — with his back in bad shape and, ah, a number of other legal matters to address — he already has "too much to bear." This isn't even one of the many legal actions pertaining to the disgraced producer's alleged sexual predation, either, but a loan company looking to recoup a very large debt.

In November 2017, one month after bombshell reports in the NY Times and New Yorker accused Weinstein of sexually abusing women in the film industry, AI International Holdings sued the mogul and his company for the return of a $45 million loan. AI argued that his firing moved up the due date, and that Weinstein defaulted. Weinstein's lawyer, Imran Ansari, is reportedly petitioning a Manhattan Supreme Court justice to take pity on his client, who is "already encumbered with preparation for his impending criminal trial, coupled with the pain of orthopedic injuries causing significant ambulatory issues and requiring surgery." It's all too much, Ansari argued: “While Mr. Weinstein’s personal liberty is at stake,” due to a litany of alleged sex crimes (including but not limited to rape) that could land the 67-year-old in prison for life, and “his financial liberty is at stake in the pending matter."

Last week, Weinstein appeared at a bail hearing in his criminal case, using a walker to get around. His attorney said at the time that he would undergo spinal surgery the following day, having injured his back in an August car accident. The next day, he sat down with the NY Post at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. "I want this city to recognize who I was instead of what I’ve become," he complained. "I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker, and I’m talking about 30 years ago. I’m not talking about now when it’s vogue. I did it first! I pioneered it!”

“It all got eviscerated because of what happened,’’ he continued. “My work has been forgotten."

In response, 23 of the women who have attested to Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct released a statement assuring him that he does not need to worry about being "forgotten."

"He will be remembered as an unrepentant abuser who took everything and deserves nothing," the group, which includes actors Ashley Judd and Rosanna Arquette, wrote. And attorney Douglas Wigdor, who represents one of the women who will testify against Weinstein at his criminal trial, and two who opted out of a $25 settlement and plan to pursue civil cases against him, released the following statement:

One cannot feel sorry for Mr. Weinstein while he sits perched in an executive private hospital suite and asks New Yorkers to recognize his prior accomplishments which justifiability have been overshadowed by his horrific actions, his complete failure to accept responsibility, and his recent efforts to force survivors to accept an inadequate and paltry civil settlement. Mr. Weinstein’s latest public relations stunt on the eve of his criminal trial provides even more motivation to continue to prosecute the claims that will expose him for who he is. I personally look forward to cross examining him once his Fifth Amendment rights are extinguished in the criminal trial.

That trial is scheduled to begin January 6th.