Wiesel attack case may move to mental health unit

The man accused of attacking famed author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in a San Francisco hotel may have his case moved from San Francisco Superior Court to a mental health diversion program.

Judge Harold Kahn, who heard the preliminary hearing for 23-year-old Eric Hunt, of New Jersey, ruled Tuesday that Hunt should go before The City’s Behavioral Health Court.

Hunt has severe bipolar disorder, his lawyer claims, and was suffering from the illness at the time he allegedly pulled the 78-year-old Wiesel from an elevator in the Argent Hotel with the intent of taking Wiesel to his room and making him rescind his famous Holocaust memoir “Night.”

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