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Harvey Weinstein ‘isn’t sleeping’ and ‘paces round cell’ as he ‘struggles to adjust to prison life’ living on sandwiches

Harvey Weinstein is having a tough time acclimating to life as a convicted rapist, battling insomnia and being reduced to scarfing down bologna sandwiches, according to a source.

The disgraced movie mogul — once considered as one of the most powerful men in Hollywood — was convicted of sexual assault and rape on Monday.

Shortly after his conviction, Weinstein left the courthouse in an ambulance were he was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center after complaining of chest pains and showing signs of high blood pressure.

He will later be held at Rikers Island — notorious for its utter brutality with hundreds of stabbings each year — before being moved to a state prison.

And, according to a law enforcement source of Weinstein, adjusting to prison life has been a "very tough adjustment" — especially for a man who once had everything.

"He was on top of the world with women, mansions and wine and song — now that’s all over," said the insider.

"Tonight he’s eating a bologna sandwich."

He was on top of the world with women, mansions and wine and song — now that’s all over

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The source added that the 67-year-old, has been "bouncing off the hospital’s walls" since he was admitted.

"He’s not sleeping," said the source.

"He’s walking in the limited area. He’s very restless. He’s got a lot on his mind."

Weinstein faces a possible sentence of between five and 29 years after the jury found him guilty of two felony sex crimes.

He was, however, acquitted of the two most serious charges against him, predatory sexual assault.

Dozens of women had come forward with similar allegations against Weinstein.

And, for many, the trial was a crucial tests in the effort to hold powerful men accountable for sexual harassment in the workplace.

After the guilty verdict was read, the judge informed Weinstein that he would immediately be sent to jail to await his sentencing.

His alleged struggle to adjust to prison life comes after Weinstein hired a "prison prepper" to prepare him for decades in jail at the notorious Rikers Island.

It’s thought the consultant will help with the entire process from charging to sentencing to release, as well as assisting with obtaining perks inside and dealing with the inmate’s family.

It is also believed that prison bosses are ready to give Weinstein special treatment in jail — fearing he may try to kill himself like Jeffrey Epstein.

Fees charged by consultants can range widely from just a few hundred dollars to around $100,000.

Weinstein's wealth and privilege will mean nothing in Rikers, where he will be officially known as prisoner No. 06581138Z.

He'll be just one of 12,000 inmates cooped up in cramped and claustrophobic cells, which are freezing in winter and horribly hot in the summer.