Harvey Weinstein fell from his chair while trying to switch his seat at lunch Friday, needing assistance from a waiter to get back up, DailyMail.com can disclose.
The disgraced media mogul was dining at Cut at the Four Seasons in downtown Manhattan after leaving court, where he is on trial for raping a woman in a hotel room in March 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on a different woman in 2006.
The 67-year-old entered the upscale restaurant alone using his walker and initially sat in a corner booth, but when moving to a different seat within the booth, he lost his balance and fell to the floor, an eyewitness at the restaurant told DailyMail.com.
Weinstein attempted to quiet waiters who rushed over to assist him, telling them he was fine, but ended up needing their help to get back into his seat, the source said.
They added: ‘He didn’t want a scene but he definitely didn’t have the strength to get up himself. He didn’t look well, he looked gray.’
Although Weinstein initially turned up alone, he was later joined by two associates and his lawyer Donna Rotunno, who recently told the New York Times she has never been assaulted because she would never ‘put herself in that position’.
During the two hour lunch, Weinstein ate a leafy dish and appeared to make a call to his doctor, complaining about his hip, the source said.
They added: ‘You wouldn’t think he was on trial. He wasn’t trying to be hush-hush. They were just people out for lunch.’
He wore a dark suit, blue dress shirt, an olive green tie and dark sneakers.
Weinstein has been accused of faking his frailness in court by using a walking frame to win sympathy.
He first appeared with his walker at a court appearance in December, hobbling into court for a bail hearing, looking distinctly more frail and unsteady on his feet than in months past.
In early December, his lawyer Imran Ansari asked for a $45 million civil lawsuit against him to be paused because the ‘weight’ of multiple legal proceedings and dealing with health problems was ‘too much’.
At court on Friday, Weinstein’s lawyers tried to cement doubts about his accusers’ allegations after using cross-examination to highlight inconsistencies in some of their accounts. In some cases, the encounters the women were recalling happened a decade or longer ago.
The world’s top false memory expert Dr Elizabeth Loftus, a cognitive psychologist at the University of California, testified that people can have entirely false memories implanted into their minds.
Dr Loftus said people could develop ‘rich false memories’ that bear no relation to reality.
She said the false memories could be a result of therapy, which several of Weinstein’s victims say they have been through.
Prosecutors rested their case against Weinstein on Thursday after more than two weeks of testimony from about two dozen witnesses.
The first defense witness, an industry executive who remains a Weinstein ally, seemed blindsided on Thursday when a prosecutor confronted him with text messages that appeared to justify Weinstein’s behavior and bash his accusers.