While serving his time behind bars, convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.
Officials from the state prison system reportedly confirmed the news according to the Niagara Gazette. Weinstein, who recently turned 68, is reportedly one of two inmates that have tested positive for the virus at Wende Correctional Facility in Western New York. Officials reportedly believe that he was positive with the virus when he entered the state prison system last Wednesday from Rikers Island.
The officials that confirmed his status for the virus reportedly “spoke on the condition of anonymity,” acknowledging they are not “authorized by the corrections agency to publicly comment on the situation.”
Michael Powers, the president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), also declined to comment on Weinstein’s status due to the inmate’s health record due to privacy rules.
Earlier in March, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison after he was found guilty for criminal sexual in the first degree and rape in the third degree.
Weinstein experienced a few health issues prior to him starting his sentence that landed him in the hospital. He was taken to the hospital for chest pains heart palpitations when he was first found guilty. He later underwent heart surgery before being transferred to Rikers Island.
After being sentenced to 23 years, he returned to Bellevue Hospital as he complained about having chest pains once again.