The disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has been denied permission to travel to Spain to meet with the people responsible for creating his new stage production, “Cinema Paradiso”.
The blow has come just one month into his trial for sexual abuse and violation. New York judge, James Burke, has denied the producers appeal to travel despite Weinstein’s apparent offers of cooperation.
In the appeal document, he has reportedly offered to hire a private detective to follow him 24 hours a day, as well as wearing a GPS device to monitor his whereabouts.
As part of Weinstein’s bail conditions, Weinstein handed over his passport and was forbidden to leave the United States, however his defence attorney organised an appeal to give him special permission to travel to Europe in order for him to conduct these business meetings.
His legal team argued that he needs to conduct these meetings in order to pay back his compensation settlement of $1 million (€893,000) to his victims.
“This trip is essential for Mr Weinstein’s ability to earn money to pay, among other things, for his considerably costly legal expenses, since he has been unable to work in the United States for the past two years,” the appeal states.