Coronavirus in Hollywood: Harvey Weinstein Tested Positive In Jail
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has now been diagnosed with the virus while in jail. The convicted sex offender is now in complete isolation. Last month, the former film producer was found guilty of rape and sexual assault and sentenced to 23 years in prison
A slew of celebrities have been fallen victim to the conatagious coronavirus infection in the recent past. From Kanika Kapoor in Bollywood to Tom Hanks, Rachel Matthews and Idris Elba in Hollywood, these stars have been tested positive for COVID-19. Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has now been diagnosed with the virus while in jail. The convicted sex offender is now in complete isolation, according to Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association. Last month, the former film producer was found guilty of rape and sexual assault and sentenced to 23 years in prison.
Harvey Weinstein while attending his court hearing
His lawyers have sworn to appeal against his conviction. Weinstein is being held at Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo in upstate New York. Two more prisoners at the facility also tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday. Powers revealed that several members of the staff had been quarantined as well, reported BBC. He expressed concern for corrections officers who he claims lack proper protective equipment.A lawyer for Weinstein said his legal team had not been informed of the coronavirus diagnosis.
Imran Ansari said, "Given Mr Weinstein's state of health, we are of course concerned, if this is the case, and we are vigilantly monitoring the situation." Before arriving at Wende, Weinstein had spent time at Rikers Island, a prison in New York City and a hospital where he was treated for heart problems and chest pains. He could have contracted the infection from there but of course, there can be many other ways too. Weinstein was found guilty of committing a first-degree criminal sexual act against production assistant Miriam Haley in 2006 and of the third-degree rape of aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013. Dozens of women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, including rape, against Weinstein since October 2017, when the Me Too movement first took Hollywood by storm.