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Harvey Weinstein hospitalized ahead of New York court appearance

What's next for Harvey Weinstein
What's next for Harvey Weinstein after New York conviction is overturned 04:46

Film mogul Harvey Weinstein was hospitalized following his return to New York City after an appeals court ruling Thursday nullified his 2020 rape conviction. 

Weinstein's attorney, Arthur L. Aidala, told CBS News in a statement Saturday evening that the New York City Department of Correction "determined that Mr. Weinstein needed immediate medical attention. A myriad of tests are being performed on Harvey and he is being kept for observation."

Frank Dwyer, a spokesperson with the New York City Department of Correction, told the Associated Press that Weinstein remains in custody at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. Thomas Mailey, a spokesperson for the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, said Weinstein was turned over to the city's Department of Correction pursuant to the appeals ruling.

On Thursday, New York's Court of Appeals threw out the conviction of the onetime movie powerbroker, who prosecutors say forced young actors to submit to his prurient desires by dangling his ability to make or break their careers.

He was convicted of forcibly performing oral sex on a TV and film production assistant and of third-degree rape for an attack on an aspiring actor in 2013.

The appeals court in a 4-3 decision vacated a 23-year jail sentence and ordered a retrial of Weinstein, saying the trial judge erred by letting three women testify about allegations that were not part of the charges and by permitting questions about Weinstein's history of "bad behavior" if he testified. He did not.

Weinstein was moved from an upstate jail to New York City less than 24 hours after the appeals ruling. Weinstein is scheduled to appear in a Manhattan courtroom Wednesday afternoon, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said, his first hearing since his conviction was overturned. 

The district attorney's office has said it intends to pursue a retrial. Prosecutors will work off the same indictment, albeit excluding the charges he was acquitted of four years ago.

Harvey Weinstein
Former film producer Harvey Weinstein appears in court at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, California, on October 4, 2022. Etienne Laurent/AFP/Getty Images

"We will do everything in our power to retry this case, and remain steadfast in our commitment to survivors of sexual assault," the district attorney's office said in a statement Friday, according to the Associated Press.

Weinstein remains jailed after he was also convicted in a similar case in California.

But when could this potential retrial happen? Experts told the Associated Press that it won't be coming to a courtroom anytime soon, if ever. They said it really is up to the witnesses, who will need to decide if they want to take the stand again.

"I think there won't be a trial in the end," said Joshua Naftalis, a former Manhattan federal prosecutor now in private practice. "I don't think he wants to go through another trial, and I don't think the state wants to try him again."

Naftalis said both sides may seek a resolution such as a plea that will eliminate the need to put his accusers through the trauma of a second trial.

Deborah Tuerkheimer, a professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and former assistant district attorney in Manhattan, said whether there is a second trial will "hinge on the preferences of the women who would have to testify again and endure the ordeal of a retrial."

"I think ultimately this will come down to whether they feel it's something they want to do, are able to do," she said.

Actor Ashley Judd, reporter Jodi Kantor discuss Harvey Weinstein's conviction being overturned 08:09

Jane Manning, director of the nonprofit Women's Equal Justice, which provides advocacy services to sexual assault survivors, agreed "the biggest question is whether the two women are willing to testify again."

The lawyers say the road to a trial will include monthslong battles between lawyers over what evidence and testimony will be allowed at a retrial.

A woman Weinstein was sent to prison for sexually assaulting said Friday she is considering whether she would testify at any retiral.

Miriam Haley told reporters she is still processing the state Court of Appeals' decision and is considering numerous factors, including the trauma of having to prepare for another trial and again relive everything that happened to her.

"It was retraumatizing and grueling and exhausting and all the things," she said during a news conference with her attorney, Gloria Allred. "I definitely don't want to actually go through that again. But for the sake of keeping going and doing the right thing and because it is what happened, I would consider it."

Haley, a former "Project Runway" production assistant also known as Mimi Haleyi, testified at Weinstein's trial that she repeatedly told Weinstein "no" when he attacked her inside his apartment in July 2006, forcibly performing oral sex on her. In a 2020 civil lawsuit, Haley said she was left with horror, humiliation and pain that persists.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said Friday that her office is analyzing the scale of the decision and how the state can make sure that all women feel safe coming forward.

"I don't want this to be a moment of stifling the environment that was created where finally we were calling out people who were abusing women in their presence," Hochul said. "We don't want to have any setbacks where there's this sense that you now have to be silenced, and that's something that we have to protect."

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