Disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein has examined positive for the coronavirus in jail — and more than likely contracted the illness at Rikers Island, an official briefed on the matter informed The Publish on Sunday.
Weinstein, 68, is being held in isolation on the Wende Correctional Facility close to Buffalo, the place he examined positive on Saturday, the official stated.
The state Division of Corrections and Neighborhood Supervision wouldn’t affirm or deny Weinstein’s situation, citing federal health-care privateness legislation, however stated that two inmates at Wende had the coronavirus.
Weinstein — who was sentenced earlier this month to 23 years in jail for sexually assaulting two ladies — is believed to have been contaminated at Rikers, the place he was briefly locked up earlier than being transferred to Wende on Wednesday, the official stated.
New York Metropolis has skilled the nation’s largest jailhouse outbreak of coronavirus, with a minimum of 38 inmates — together with at Rikers — testing positive, the Related Press reported Sunday.
Weinstein granted permission for his attorneys and a jail marketing consultant to acquire his medical data, however none of them have been informed he has the coronavirus, spokesman Juda Engelmayer stated.
Weinstein was examined at Bellevue Hospital when he developed a cough there whereas being handled for a spike in his blood stress following his March 11 sentencing, a supply aware of the matter informed The Publish.
Weinstein informed an affiliate that he was stored in quarantine for “a couple of days” and was despatched to Rikers on Monday after he examined damaging, the supply stated.