Harvey Weinstein ‘closely monitored’ in prison after catching a fever

Tom Butler
·Senior Editor
·2 min read

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Harvey Weinstein is unwell and is being “closely monitored” in prison, a representative for the disgraced Hollywood mogul said.

The spokesman said they could not “confirm nor deny” the 68-year-old had tested positive for Covid-19 inside Wende Correctional Facility in New York.

Weinstein, who is serving a 23-year sentence for rape, has a fever, his representative confirmed to the PA news agency.

The once all-powerful film producer is considered vulnerable to coronavirus due to his age, weight and other medical issues, including a heart condition and high blood pressure.

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A spokesman for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said they could not comment on individual cases but anyone displaying Covid-19 symptoms is immediately isolated and tested.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 24: Movie producer Harvey Weinstein enters New York City Criminal Court on February 24, 2020 in New York City. Jury deliberations in the high-profile trial are believed to be nearing a close, with a verdict on Weinstein's numerous rape and sexual misconduct charges expected in the coming days. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)
Movie producer Harvey Weinstein enters New York City Criminal Court on February 24, 2020. (Scott Heins/Getty Images)

Weinstein’s health was a focus during his trial. He arrived at court looking frail and walking with the aid of a frame and his lawyers tried to minimise his jail term by telling a judge a lengthy one was a “a de facto life sentence”.

After his 24 February conviction, Weinstein was sent to Bellevue Hospital amid concerns about high blood pressure and heart palpitations.

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Weinstein is also facing charges of sexual assault in Los Angeles and is alleged to have attacked five women in California from 2004 to 2013.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24:  Producer Harvey Weinstein attends the Oscars Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Producer Harvey Weinstein attends the Oscars Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

If convicted as charged on the West Coast, Weinstein faces up to 140 years to life in state prison.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles are attempting to put Weinstein on trial and are seeking temporary custody of the convicted rapist from New York.

An extradition hearing is set for December in Buffalo. In September, Weinstein was stripped of his CBE.