Harvey Weinstein reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday after he was sentenced to 23 years in jail for rape and sexual assault.
As first reported by the Niagara Gazette, law enforcement sources later confirmed to both Deadline and Page Six that the disgraced movie producer has been put in isolation at Wende Correctional Facility in New York.
Though the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision “cannot comment on an individual’s medical record,” the 68-year-old is believed to be one of two inmates there with the illness.
An official familiar with the situation told the Niagara Gazette that the convicted rapist most likely contracted the virus before he was transferred to Wende last Wednesday. Prior to this, Weinstein alternated between Rikers Island and a New York City hospital, where he was reportedly being treated for high blood pressure and chest pains.
Over the weekend, Weinstein’s representative, Juda Engelmayer, released a statement, saying, “Our team that has HIPAA consent has not heard anything like that yet. I can’t tell you what I don’t know.”
Per the Associated Press on Sunday, New York City has experienced the nation’s largest COVID-19 jail outbreak — with at least 38 people testing positive at Rikers Island and nearby facilities.
In February, a jury convicted Weinstein of third-degree rape against former aspiring actress Jessica Mann, and one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree against former “Project Runway” production assistant Mimi Haley.
Moments before he was sentenced in March, Weinstein told his accusers in court, “I have great remorse for all of you. I have great remorse for all women,” but said he was “totally confused” by his charges.
Weinstein is also facing a trial in Los Angeles, where he has been accused of raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents in 2013.