Disgraced Harvey Weinstein, a producer in Hollywood, is pleading with the court for leniency so he can take care of his decaying teeth.
According to The New York Post, the 70-year-old former Hollywood producer begged the judge on Wednesday to let him see a private dentist to address his excruciating issue rather than having the teeth pulled in jail.
“This situation is an emergency,” Weinstein said in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday. “I will pay for the dentist … it will be one trip and one trip only.”
Following his conviction in 2020 on two counts, including first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape, Weinstein is now serving a sentence of 23 years. Three additional charges against him were dropped. The former producer is scheduled to go on trial once more in October and is still dealing with additional allegations of rape and other sex crimes stemming from complaints made in L.A. County by five women. At the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, he is currently detained.
The judge noted that the former producer had previously visited the prison dental clinic, but Weinstein’s attorney insisted that Weinstein was looking for more than just tooth extraction or letting them rot, which is what was provided there.
“I’m in pain every day. I have cavities and I can’t eat because I’m missing teeth,” the former Hollywood executive explained. Weinstein said he wants a bridge or dental implants so he can appear “presentable” in the future, especially during his appeal.
If the molars were extracted without being replaced, Weinstein’s attorney Mark Werksman claimed that his client would appear “ridiculous” and “like a caricature.”
Weinstein is attempting to get his teeth fixed in order to look presentable in court because he was recently granted an appeal for his previous conviction in New York.
“I am so grateful to my attorneys for working hard and smart on this,” Weinstein said in a statement to ABC News after getting his appeal granted, per The Daily Wire. “Their hard work will help me prove my innocence in the end. I look forward to this opportunity to be heard by The New York Court of Appeals.”
After being discovered to have Milk Duds in his cell in March, Weinstein referred to himself as a “model prisoner.”
“This was an innocent misunderstanding,” he said of having the contraband candy. “It will not happen again. I have been a model inmate, following the rules and regulations and I am sincerely sorry.”