Harvey Weinstein was remanded into custody after he was found guilty of two counts of rape and sexual assault in Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday. But instead of being taken to jail to await sentencing on March 11th, the ambulance carrying Weinstein to Rikers instead diverted him to Bellevue Hospital, where he is currently being treated for high blood pressure and heart palpitations.

Weinstein's attorney Donna Rotunno told CNN that her client "is OK," but has "significant medical issues." She added that he is under the care of five doctors currently, is dealing with the remnants of an unsuccessful recent back operation, and is receiving shots in his eyes so he doesn't go blind.


Members of a group known as the Silence Breakers, consisting of 11 of Weinstein's accusers—Rosanna Arquette, Lauren Sivan, Sarah Ann Masse, Melissa Sagemiller Nesic, Louisette Geiss, Louise Godbold, Lauren O'Connor, Larissa Gomes, Katherine Kendall, Jessica Barth and Caitlin Dulany—sounded more skeptical of his condition during a press conference this morning. "I personally felt like he's a very good actor," Geiss said. "This is a man who knows how to manipulate the press and clearly he's done so with his iconic walker; let's just say I know women who are literally dying who are also victims and I say let's give them the help. If he's got to go to the hospital it should be in jail, that kind of hospital, not one where he has his own suite."

Weinstein, 67, was found guilty of a criminal sexual act in the first degree against Miriam Haley, and rape in the third degree against Jessica Mann. A criminal sexual act in the first-degree carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum of 25, and third-degree rape carries a maximum sentence of four—so Weinstein is facing a maximum of 29 years in prison.

Weinstein's other attorney Arthur Aidala told reporters today that his client was “upbeat” and “energized” about appealing the conviction. Weinstein is “somewhat flabbergasted by the verdict,” Aidala said, and “there is a portion of him where he’s just scratching his head and he doesn’t know how this happened, but he’s cautiously optimistic” about an appeal. Aidala added that it's unclear when Weinstein might be moved to Rikers, saying he is secure but not handcuffed to his bed.

Today, reactions are coming from all over as people process the implications and impact of the Weinstein verdict—as The Cut wrote, this was not the outcome a lot of people were expecting. "I wasn't sure what was going to happen, to be honest," Haley, one of the two main witnesses whose testimony led to the verdict, told CBS This Morning. "The statistics say that most rapists walk. So I didn't know which way it would go. But I'm just very relieved and grateful and happy. It feels like we're making progress."

She added that it was a huge relief that he was found guilty: "I just felt very grateful that I'd been heard and believed. I'm still processing, I think, but it was just a relief."

Actress Annabella Sciorra, who testified during the trial that Weinstein raped her in the early 1990s, said in a statement that her testimony was "painful but necessary." "I spoke for myself and with the strength of the 80-plus victims of Harvey Weinstein in my heart," she said. "While we hope for continued righteous outcomes that bring absolute justice, we can never regret breaking the silence. For in speaking truth to power we pave the way for a more just culture, free of the scourge of violence against women.”

Weinstein did not face a rape charge for the alleged attack on Sciorra because of the statute of limitations, but her testimony was presented to support the predatory sexual assault charges, which require allegations from at least two victims. Weinstein was found not guilty of those charges, which would have carried a life sentence.

Actress Rose McGowan, who accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in a Park City hotel room in 1997, said she felt she could breathe again after the trial: "Hopefully, now this will be the first day of the rest of my life as I attempt to see what life would have been like without someone trying to kill me or paint me as an insane person."

President Donald Trump also weighed in on the verdict, saying he "never liked" Weinstein during a press conference in India. "So I was never a fan of Harvey Weinstein, as you know. In fact, he said he was gonna work hard to defeat me in the election," Trump said. "How did that work out, by the way? I’m trying to figure that out."

More than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment going back decades. He has also been charged in Los Angeles with one felony count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint. He faces up to 28 years in prison if convicted.