Prosecutors accuse Weinstein of mishandling ankle monitor

  • Harvey Weinstein, center, leaves court following a bail hearing, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Mark Lennihan

  • Harvey Weinstein arrives at court for a bail hearing, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Mark Lennihan

  • Harvey Weinstein (right) arrives at court for a bail hearing Friday in New York. AP

  • FILE - In this Thursday, July 11, 2019 file photo, Harvey Weinstein, left, arrives at court for a hearing related to his sexual assault case in New York. Harvey Weinstein is scheduled to appear in a New York City courtroom Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 for a pretrial hearing in his rape and sexual assault case. The hearing is one of many courts have scheduled across the state in advance of an overhaul of the state's rules for setting bail for criminal defendants. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) RICHARD DREW

Published: 12/6/2019 3:51:43 PM
Modified: 12/6/2019 3:51:30 PM

Harvey Weinstein violated his bail conditions by mishandling his electronic ankle monitor, which left his whereabouts unrecorded for hours at a time, a New York prosecutor argued Friday.

Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi made the claim at a pretrial hearing for Weinstein while asking a judge to increase his bail from $1 million to $5 million. She accused him of leaving home a piece of the monitoring technology that keeps the ankle bracelet activated.

Defense attorney Donna Rotunno denied it was deliberate. She blamed “technical glitches” like dead batteries. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and sexual assault.

“It has nothing to do with any manipulation of the bracelet,” Rotunno told reporters after leaving court. She acknowledged that on at least one occasion, he’d forgotten part of the device when he left the house. “The minute he realized he forgot it, he made a phone call.”

The judge put off any decision about whether Weinstein should face stricter bail conditions over the alleged violations until next week.

The Oscar-winning producer was in court for one of many proceedings that courts across the state are scheduling to apprise defendants of reforms to New York’s bail system that are set to take effect Jan. 1.

State lawmakers passed a law this year eliminating cash bail for most nonviolent crimes. For poorer defendants facing lesser charges, these appearances could mean release from jail come the new year – or refunds for those who have posted bail.

Those outcomes are unlikely to happen in Weinstein’s case, which is scheduled to go to trial in January.

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