Report: Harvey Weinstein tests positive for COVID-19
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Disgraced former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for COVID-19 and been put in isolation in prison, the Niagara Gazette reported Sunday.

Weinstein, a formerly powerful movie producer who was sentenced earlier this year to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault, reportedly is being isolated at Wende Correctional Facility in Western New York, officials connected to the state prison system told CNHI publishers. He is one of two inmates at the facility who has tested positive. 

Officials familiar with the situation believe he had the virus when he entered the facility last Wednesday after being held in Rikers Island, a New York City jail, the Gazette reported. 


Michael Powers, the president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, told the newspaper that he could not comment on Weinstein’s or any prisoner’s health records because of privacy laws. 

He said the union has encouraged state corrections officials to suspend all “non essential” transfers of inmates to reduce the community spread of coronavirus. 

Allegations that Weinstein sexually assaulted women arose in 2017, sparking the #MeToo movement that called out several well-known figures who allegedly participated in sexual harassment or sexual assault.

During his trial, Weinstein spent his time either at Rikers Island or a New York City hospital, due to high blood pressure and chest pains. He was sentenced earlier this month after being convicted on two of five counts of sexual misconduct.