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Harvey Weinstein released from hospital

The disgraced movie mogul - who was sentenced to 23 years after his sexual assault trial earlier this month - has now been discharged from Bellevue hospital and is on his way back to prison.

FILE: Harvey Weinstein is escorted in handcuffs into the State Supreme Court after on Monday for arraignment on charges alleging he committed a sex crime against a third woman on 9 July 2018 in New York City. Picture: AFP

LONDON - Harvey Weinstein is back in jail after his hospitalisation for a "dangerous" rise in blood pressure following his sentencing hearing earlier this week.

The disgraced movie mogul - who was sentenced to 23 years after his sexual assault trial earlier this month - has now been discharged from Bellevue hospital and is on his way back to prison.

A source tells the New York Post's Page Six column that Weinstein was discharged on Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Weinstein revealed earlier this week that he was hospitalised after suffering a "dangerous" rise in blood pressure following his sentencing hearing.

The disgraced movie mogul - who was given his sentence after being convicted of third-degree rape and a first-degree criminal sexual act - was rushed to hospital following the sentencing trial, and his spokesperson has confirmed the reason for hospitalisation.

Slamming rumours that Weinstein had suffered some sort of heart attack or some "emergency angioplasty" surgery, spokesman Juda Engelmayer said: "His blood pressure spiked to a dangerous level and given his angioplasty last week, they brought him to Bellevue to be watched and monitored. He did not have another angioplasty."

Justice James A. Burke, who had been presiding over the trial in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, New York, handed down the sentence of 23 years to Weinstein whilst prosecutor Joan Illuzzi praised the six women who had come forward to testify against Weinstein, all of who attended the sentencing.

Speaking directly to the victims, she said: "Without these women and others who were willing to come forward, this matter would never have been able to be taken, it never would have been successful, and the defendant would never have been able to stop hurting or destroying other people's lives ... He got drunk on power. He could take what he wanted knowing there was very little anyone could do about it."