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Coronavirus: Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein tests positive in prison


Weinstein has been moved from New York City’s Rikers Island jail to isolation at Wende Correctional Facility, east of Buffalo.

Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for coronavirus, a US federal prison union official has said.

The former Hollywood producer has been placed in isolation at Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison east of Buffalo, New York.

He was moved from New York City’s Rikers Island jail where he is serving a 23-year sentence.

The president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, Michael Powers, said he learned that Weinstein’s test came back positive on Sunday morning.

Several prison staff have since been quarantined, Mr Powers added.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 22: Harvey Weinstein leaves with his attorney Donna Rotunno at New York City Criminal Court on January 22, 2020 in New York City. Weinstein, a movie producer whose alleged sexual misconduct helped spark the #MeToo movement, pleaded not-guilty on five counts of rape and sexual assault against two unnamed women and faces a possible life sentence in prison. (Photo by Jeenah Moon/Getty Images)
Image:Weinstein looked frail as he attended court during his trial

A lawyer for Weinstein, Imran Ansari, said his legal team had not been notified of the coronavirus diagnosis.

“Given Mr Weinstein’s state of health, we are of course concerned, if this is the case, and we are vigilantly monitoring the situation,” Mr Ansari said.

Weinstein, 68, was convicted of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping former aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013 following a landmark trial earlier this year.

Prosecutors said he had committed a “lifetime of abuse towards others”.

Jessica Mann accused Harvey Weinstein of overpowering her and raping her in a hotel in 2013
Image:Jessica Mann was raped by Harvey Weinstein in a hotel in 2013

His conviction was hailed as a victory for the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct by powerful men.

More than 100 women, including famous actresses, have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct stretching back decades.

He has denied the allegations, saying any sex was consensual.

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Once one of Hollywood’s most influential figures, Weinstein won an Academy Award for producing Shakespeare In Love and was responsible for other acclaimed films including Pulp Fiction, The English Patient and Gangs Of New York.

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