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Harvey Weinstein Tests Positive for COVID-19 as NYC Jails Report 38 Virus Cases

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24: Harvey Weinstein enters a Manhattan court house as a jury continues with deliberations in his trial on February 24, 2020 in New York City. On Friday the judge asked the jury to keep deliberating after they announced that they are deadlocked on the charges of predatory sexual assault. 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 Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Harvey Weinstein has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. An official told The New York Post that the disgraced movie producer, who was recently sentenced to 23 years in jail after being convicted of sexual assault, appears to have picked up the virus while in New York City’s infamous Rikers Island jail.Weinstein is now quarantined in isolation at the Wende Correctional Facility, where he was moved on Wednesday. The state of New York’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision refused to confirm or deny Weinstein’s health status, although it did note that two Wende inmates had tested positive.

In New York City alone, 38 people connected to the prison system–including 12 Department of Correction employees and 21 people jailed at Rikers and other city facilities–have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Bureau of Prisons has suspended visits at every federal correctional facility in the U.S. in an attempt to slow virus transmission.


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