Representatives for Harvey Weinstein said Tuesday that the former Hollywood producer, who is serving a 23-year sentence in New York for sexual assault, is now being “closely monitored” for a fever, although the spokespeople would “neither confirm nor deny that Mr. Weinstein has tested positive for COVID-19.”
“We can confirm that Mr. Weinstein has a fever and is being closely monitored by the excellent medical staff at Wende CF for which the entire legal defense team is grateful,” Juda Englemeyer, his publicist, and Craig Rothfeld, his authorized New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYSDOCCS) and Department of Health representative, said in a statement to CNN, Deadline and other news outlets.
“It should come as no surprise that Mr. Weinstein has numerous maladies and conditions including a heart condition, high blood pressure and spinal stenosis,” the statement continued. “We are working with the NYSDOCCS and the excellent team at Wende CF to ensure Mr. Weinstein receives the proper medical attention he needs.”
Englemeyer and Rothfeld added that they will release more information on the ex-studio executive's condition once it becomes available.
Following Weinstein’s February conviction on charges of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape, his defense attorneys requested that he be given the minimum sentence of five years due to his declining health.
Hours after his March sentencing, he was transferred to a New York hospital due to chest pains, where he remained for six days.
Weinstein, who maintains his innocence, has been accused by more than 80 women of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to rape.
Last month, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced that another six felony counts, three each of forcible rape and forcible oral copulation, would be added to charges Weinstein faces in California. The California case has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
If convicted on all counts, Weinstein, 68, would face 140 years to life in prison.
An extradition hearing in New York is scheduled for Dec. 11.