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Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein WALKS out of court in cuffs as his dubious walker is suddenly ditched

CONVICTED rapist Harvey Weinstein suddenly seems to be able to walk just fine when wearing handcuffs.

Following today's historic trial and long-awaited guilty verdict against the boogeyman of Hollywood, he seems to no longer need the zimmer frame that he painstakingly dragged up the court steps.

Ordered to start serving up to 29 years for third-degree rape and first-degree sex assault and other grotesque actions, Weinstein was absent from the New York courtroom steps, but his infamous stroller wasn't.

The disgraced 67-year-old producer limping into court has been a frustratingly thematic part of the drama. Many believe that the rapist was trying the stir public sympathy by appearing frail and harmless as he painstakingly crawled up and down the steps to face allegations of rape and sexual assault made by nearly 100 women.

Hundreds have speculated that Weinstein was using his health issues to incite sympathy, something his lawyers said they were "dismayed" by.

Responding to his frail appearance as he arrived for the trial, Accuser Rose McGowan said: "I think he's taken some good acting tips."

What happened to Weinstein's back?

Weinstein allegedly underwent a three-hour back operation in December for laminectomy, known as decompression surgery - this is the reason behind the walking aid.

It results in removing the back part of the bone called the lamina over the spinal column.

The procedure is to relieve pinched nerves in the spine, which can cause leg or back pain.

He was booked for surgery after he had difficulty walking as a result of what he claims was a car accident in August.

Fellow actress and accuser Rosanna Arquette added that he seemed like a "very broken man".

When it first caught everyone's attention, Weinstein's lawyer, Donna Rotunno said: "I was dismayed to see all the press coverage incorrectly stating that Mr Weinstein was trying to garner sympathy at his court appearance.

"Mr Weinstein was in a serious car accident in August, which resulted in a concussion and has now necessitated the need for back surgery later this week."

"The press surrounding his physical condition is mean spirited and false." said the lawyer.

However, in spite of what Rotunno said, it appears that a guilty verdict and conviction has miraculously cured the serial sex offender of all his little back problems.

After co-founding film production company Miramax in 1979, Weinstein enjoyed huge success with films including Shakespeare in Love, Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting.

After initial allegations published by the New York Times and the New Yorker magazine in October 2017, dozens of actresses including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Beckinsale came forward to accuse Weinstein of inappropriate behaviour dating back decades.

Weinstein still faces additional charges in LA in the coming months.

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