Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus while in jail
Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been moved to solitary confinement after contracting coronavirus, local newspaper Niagara Gazette reported on Sunday. Weinstein is currently serving his 23-year prison sentence at the Wende Correctional Facility in western New York for committing a criminal sex act in the first degree and rape in the third degree.
EW has learned that two inmates at Wende tested positive for COVID-19. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) worked with the Department of Health to identify any potentially exposed individuals in order to provide notifications and to stop the spread of the virus.
Weinstein is one of the two inmates who tested positive, according to Reuters.
Weinstein was remanded to Riker's Island on Feb. 24 for the 16-day waiting period before his official sentencing hearing, but he found himself at Bellevue Hospital over concerns of high blood pressure and heart palpitations. He remained there for more than one week and underwent a heart procedure before eventually moving to the infirmary unit at Riker's.
The same report claims he already had COVID-19 when he entered the correctional facility last week after being transferred from Riker's Island.
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