Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who was ordered to wear an electronic ankle monitor as one of the conditions of his bail, has been accused by a New York prosecutor of violating those conditions, the AP reports.
According to prosecutor Joan Illuzzi, Weinstein mishandled the monitor, leaving his whereabouts unrecorded for hours at a time. She reportedly made the claim at a pretrial hearing where she asked 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 activate,” the AP reports. “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.”
Speaking with reporters after leaving court, Rotunno acknowledged that at least once Weinstein had forgotten to bring a part of the device when he left the house.
“It has nothing to do with any manipulation of the bracelet,” Rotunno said. “The minute he realized he forgot it, he made a phone call.”
The judge is expected to rule next week on possible stricter bail conditions.