However, Page Six reports that the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision wouldn't confirm that Harvey is indeed positive for the virus.
Weinstein was being held at the Wende Correctional Facility in upstate New York after being transferred from New York City's Rikers Island jail to serve 23 years in state prison for the sexual assault of two women.
Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, U.S. media reported yesterday (Mar 22). The attorney and his prison consultant too refrained from commenting on the matter. The Gazette's sources are described only as "officials connected to the state prison system".
Weinstein was sent to Rikers Island right after his sentencing, then went to Bellevue Hospital with chest pains. However, other sources say that he was isolated ever since he entered the prison and it was not because of any virus but out of choice. He is reportedly one of two inmates at the maximum security prison who have tested positive for coronavirus.
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Powers did note that the union has asked state corrections officials to suspend all non essential inmate transfers from one state facility to another to avoid the spread of coronavirus, during the global pandemic. Reaching Juda Engelmayer, Weinstein's spokesperson, she claimed "our team. has not heard anything like that yet".
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.
Weinstein was remanded to Riker's Island on February 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.
Almost 90 women, including Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, have leveled sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein, the Oscar-winning producer of numerous critical and box office hits.