Harvey Weinstein, a disgraced Hollywood mogul, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, US media has reported on Sunday. Harvey Weinstein, 68, is in jail in the northern state of New York after being sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. Diagnosis of the fallen filmmaker was first recorded by the Niagara Gazette local paper on Sunday evening.
The spokespeople of Harvey Weinstein also declined to comment on the issue to US media. When AFP contacted for clarification of the findings, the New York State Department of Corrections did not respond. Harvey Weinstein moves to a prison near Buffalo, 350 miles (560 km) northwest of New York City, on Wednesday.
He remains at Rikers Island prison and a hospital in Manhattan prior to his transfer, where he treats for chest pains. There is the potential for crowded US jails to become hotbeds for coronavirus infections. Guards at Rikers and the Sing Sing prison in New York last week screened positively for the virus, local media reported.
As of Sunday, as per a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University, the virus has killed 417 people. It is out of over 33,000 cases in the US. Court charges Harvey Weinstein in February of a first-degree criminal sexual offence. Also, third-degree rape despite clearing of charges of abusive sexual harassment.
Charges include of raping ex-actress Jessica Mann in 2013. Also, in 2006 of having secretly conduct oral sex on former production assistant Mimi Haleyi. Nearly 90 women have levelled charges of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein. He is the Oscar-winning producer of “Shakespeare in Love.”
Also, several other critical and box office successes, including Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek.