Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus in prison: correctional officers’ union official

Clay Curtis
March 23, 2020

The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) confirmed to Variety newspaper that two inmates at Wende were confirmed with the virus but did not specify their identities and refused to comment on Weinstein's health. "Viral infections can also increase inflammation, or internal swelling, in people with diabetes". He is now serving his sentence at Wende Correctional Facility in western ny, where one prisoner has already tested positive for the virus, per the Mirror.

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Weinstein has contracted COVID-19 and is now in medical isolation at the Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo, an Empire State law enforcement official confirmed to Deadline on Sunday. However, he did say that the union has asked state corrections officials to suspend all "non essential" transfers of inmates from on state facility to another. Variety also spoke to an attorney for Weinstein and his prison consultant, who both also said they could not confirm the report.

Weinstein's spokesperson Juda Engelmayer has told The Daily Beast that "our team. has not heard anything like that yet".

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Weinstein is believed to be one of two inmates to have tested positive.

Weinstein, the Oscar-winning producer of "Shakespeare in Love", was convicted of raping an aspiring actress in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on a TV and film production assistant in 2006. As the scandal unfolded, Weinstein was sacked from his own company and the NY authorities launched an investigation. Weinstein had been in and out of the hospital leading up to trial and between conviction and sentencing.

Weinstein was tested at Bellevue Hospital when he developed a cough there while being treated for a spike in his blood pressure following his March 11 sentencing, a source familiar with the matter told The Post.

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