Harvey Weinstein violated the conditions of his release, prosecutors said Friday. They are asking a judge to increase his bond from $1 million to $5 million. Lawyers say he failed to wear part of the court-mandated electronic tracking device, and allowed the battery to expire several times. All told, he has been untrackable at least 56 times.
“The bottom line, judge, is this man could fly out on a private jet which he does and go to another country,” she said, asking for the increase to either $5 million cash, $10 million insurance company bond or $50 million security bond.
Weinstein has sold $60 million worth of property in the past two years, and poses a serious flight risk.
Weinstein appeared at court and walked with assistance. His defense attorney Donna Rotunno told TMZ that the 67-year-old is having serious health issues, including a severe back problem. She also told the court that he has never willfully violated bail terms, and blames the lack of cell towers near his home in Bedford to many of the issues, though she admitted that he forget to bring the device on one trip to NYC.
Weinstein is scheduled to go on trial in January after pleading not guilty to five counts of predatory sexual assault, a criminal sex act and rape. In addition to these official charges filed by three women, dozens of women have accused of Weinstein of misconduct, including rape. Weinstein denies the allegations. He faces life in prison.
Justice James Burke said he’d make his rule on Wednesday.