Harvey Weinstein Tests Positive For Coronavirus While In Prison

Former Hollywood producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for coronavirus while in prison.

He is now in isolation, according to Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association.

Weinstein, 63, was moved from the Riker’s Island prison to the Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo just days ago, after being convicted for two sex crime felony charges in February.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker was sentenced to 23 years in prison in March.

He had appeared for his trial using a walking frame, with his defence citing his various health issues prior to his incarceration, including back and heart problems, as a basis for a shorter sentence.

Two prisoners at the facility where Weinstein is being held tested positive for the virus on Sunday, an officer who did not wish to give his name told a news agency.

Mr Powers told the news agency that several members of staff had been quarantined. He expressed concern for corrections officers who he claims lack proper protective equipment.

Weinstein was found guilty of committing a first-degree criminal sexual act against production assistant Miriam Haley in 2006 and of the third-degree rape of aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013.

He was first arrested in 2018 on charges of sexual assault. After pleading not guilty, he was convicted in a six-week trail by jury on February 24.

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