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Harvey Weinstein Tests Positive For Covid 19 In Prison!

Harvey Weinstein, 68, is in prison in northern New York state after being sentenced to 23 years in jail for rape and sexual assault. He has been tested positive for the coronavirus...

2020-03-23T07:22:00Z

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who is currently in jail after being sentenced to 23 years in jail for rape and sexual assault, has been tested positive for coronavirus.

The fallen film producer's diagnosis was first reported Sunday evening by a local paper, The Niagara Gazette, but his spokesperson denied to comment. The New York State Department of Corrections did not respond when contacted by AFP for confirmation of the reports.

Harvey was transferred on Wednesday to a prison near Buffalo. Prior to his transfer, he stayed at Rikers Island prison and a Manhattan hospital, where he was treated for chest pains.

Crowded US prisons have the potential to become hotbeds for coronavirus infections. Last week, guards at Rikers and New York's Sing Sing prison tested positive for the virus, local media reported.

As of Sunday, the virus has killed 417 people in the US out of more than 33,000 cases while there are 360 confirmed cases in India with 7 reported deaths. 

Harvey Weinstein was convicted in February of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree, while being cleared of predatory sexual assault charges.

He was convicted of raping ex-actress Jessica Mann in 2013 and of forcibly performing oral sex on former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006.

Nearly 90 women, including Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, have leveled sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the Oscar-winning producer of "Shakespeare in Love" and numerous other critical and box office hits.

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