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Harvey Weinstein is no stranger to controversy, and his latest request is sure to add fuel to the fire.
The disgraced movie mogul is currently behind bars at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, awaiting trial on sexual assault charges. And according to a new report, he’s been begging the judge in his case to allow him to have his teeth removed by a private dentist.
Weinstein’s lawyers reportedly filed a motion on his behalf, stating that the prison dentist has been “pulling teeth and leaving holes” instead of providing proper dental care. They also claim that Weinstein is in “constant pain” and has lost weight due to the condition of his teeth.
A decision has not yet been made on Weinstein’s request, but it’s safe to say that this is one dental situation that will be closely watched by the public.
Weinstein, who is awaiting trial on charges that he sexually assaulted five women between 2004 and 2013, says the prison dentist has already removed several of his teeth and left gaping holes in his mouth.
Now, Weinstein wants his private dentist to be allowed to give him a bridge or replacement teeth.
“The dental work that has been performed on Mr. Weinstein in prison has been substandard, and his current situation is untenable,” his lawyer, Arthur Aidala, wrote in a letter to the judge.
Weinstein’s request comes just days after he was transferred from Rikers Island to the notoriously tough Attica Correctional Facility.
It is not clear if the judge will grant Weinstein’s request. However, Aidala says he is hopeful that the court will see “the wisdom” in allowing Weinstein to get the dental care he needs.
More than two years after convicting Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of third-degree rape and other crimes, an appeal has been granted.
The ruling, from New York State of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, clears the way for oral arguments next year before the entire court, a court spokesman said.
In March 2020, Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault against two women and is currently serving a 23-year sentence in the Wende Correctional Facility in New York.
Attorney Arthur Aidala of the aidantoslaw.com firm, which is representing Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob, told NBC News that they were pleased with the decision, calling it “a victory for common sense.”
Weinstein has always maintained his innocence, and his lawyers have argued that he did not receive a fair trial.
The appeals court’s decision means that Weinstein could be released from prison while his case is reheard.
Weinstein’s victims have expressed their disappointment at the news, with some saying that it is a “slap in the face.”
Weinstein’s case brought the issue of sexual assault and harassment into the public spotlight, and his conviction was seen as a victory for the #MeToo movement.
It is not yet clear when Weinstein’s appeal will be heard.