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Entertainment of Monday, 23 March 2020


Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus

Recently sentenced ex-Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein, has been diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus while in prison.

Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association has said that he has been placed in isolation after testing positive.

Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison after being found guilty of rape and sexual assault last month.

Weinstein is being held at Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo in upstate New York. Two prisoners at the facility tested positive for the virus on Sunday, an officer who did not wish to give his name told Reuters news agency.

Mr Powers told Reuters that several members of staff had been quarantined. He expressed concern for corrections officers who he claims lack proper protective equipment.

Weinstein has spent time at Rikers Island, a prison in New York City and a hospital where he was treated for heart problems and chest pains before arriving at Wende.

A member of his legal team has raised concerns for his health, stating that they have not been informed of his 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."


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