Former film producer Harvey Weinstein, who’s serving a prison sentence for sexual assault and rape, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the head of the state corrections officers marriage.
Weinstein, 68, has been put in isolation at Wende Correctional Facility, said Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association.
Powers said he learned that the test came back on Sunday morning and is concerned about the corrections officials, that he said lack proper protective gear. Many staff have been quarantined, Powers said.
Harvey Weinstein arrived at Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison east of Buffalo, New York, on Wednesday after being placed at New York City’s Rikers Island prison.
He had been sentenced to 23 years in prison on March 11 for sexually attacking former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and raping Jessica Mann, a onetime aspiring performer.
Following the sentencing, Harvey Weinstein spent some time at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for heart problems, according to his spokesman, Juda Engelmayer. He also has other medical issues, including diabetes and high blood pressure.
A lawyer for Weinstein stated on Sunday night that his legal team hadn’t been notified of this coronavirus diagnosis. “Given Mr. Weinstein’s state of health, we’re naturally concerned, if this is how it is, and we’re vigilantly monitoring the circumstance,” said lawyer Imran Ansari, who is located in New York.
The Niagara Gazette, a local newspaper in upstate New York, reported that Harvey Weinstein had tested positive for the highly contagious virus earlier Sunday, citing anonymous officials.
Two inmates in the Wende Facility have confirmed instances of COVID-19, a state prison official told Reuters. The official said he could not comment on any person man’s medical record.
The officer told Reuters that, with every supported case, the Department of Corrections works with the Department of Health to identify potentially vulnerable individuals.
Mark David Chapman, who murdered Beatle John Lennon in 1980, served a number of his time at Wende Correctional Facility, as did Robert Chambers, dubbed the”Preppie killer,” who murdered 18-year-old Jennifer Levin at New York City’s Central Park in 1986.
Harvey Weinstein’s conviction was hailed as a victory for its #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct by powerful men.
More than a hundred women, including famous actresses, have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct extending back decades. He’s denied the allegations, saying any sex was consensual.
Harvey Weinstein also faces different sexual assault charges in Los Angeles.
Weinstein won an Academy Award for making”Shakespeare in Love” and has been in charge of other acclaimed films such as”Pulp Fiction,””The English Patient” and”Gangs of New York.”