Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for COVID-19 from within a New York prison.
New York is the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the United States, and it turns out that even the prisons are not immune to the pandemic.
Since testing positive, Weinstein has been moved to isolation to keep the other prisoners and staff safe.
While there is a national shortage of testing kits, Weinstein was able to get tested within the New York prison.
More details are below:
COVID-19 has impacted everyone from every day Americans to politicians to businessmen.
Now, convicted rapist is one of those who has contracted the virus.
To date, 329,862 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed worldwide. There have been 14,380 confirmed deaths.
The New York Daily News is among the first to report Weinstein's test results:
Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for coronavirus, just days after he started his 23-year state prison sentence, according to a published report.
The monstrous movie mogul, who turned 68 on Thursday, is one of two inmates infected by COVID-19 at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, just outside of Buffalo, according to the Niagara Gazette.
A jury convicted Weinstein last month of committing a criminal sexual act and third-degree rape for sexually assaulting his former production assistant Miriam Haley and raping actress Jessica Mann.
Weinstein was sent to Rikers Island right after his sentencing, then went to Bellevue Hospital with chest pains. After returning to Rikers, he was transferred from the jail’s North Infirmary Command to Wende on Wednesday.
Only 1 other prisoner has the novel coronavirus.
It is still unclear who visited Weinstein or how he could have been exposed to the virus.
Many have taken to social media to complain that while there's a shortage of testing kits, the convicted rapist was able to get a test from prison.
There are reports of people with symptoms who are unable to get tested due to a shortage of testing kits.
Still, the convicted disgraced mogul was able to get tested from his New York prison, Deadline confirms:
Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the novel coronavirus in prision.
Just days after being transferred to the Wende Correctional Facility from NYC’s Rikers Island, the Oscar winning producer and convicted rapist is now in medical isolation, an Empire State law enforcement official confirms to Deadline.
Under the policy that they “cannot comment on an individual’s medical record,” New York State’s Department of Corrections representatives did not respond to request for direct confirmation. “Our team …has not heard anything like that yet,” said Weinstein PR chief Juda Engelmayer on Sunday. “I can’t tell you what I don’t know,” the producer’s personal rep added.
Moved to Wende on March 18, the just turned 68 years old Weinstein is one of two prisoners at the 961 capacity maximum security facility just east of Buffalo who was put in isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus.
As the global pandemic spreads and surges, New York state has taken the biggest hit domestically of the ever expanding coronavirus. To that, he more than 43,000 prisoners in the state’s already over burdened system are increasingly seen as a high risk category. Already around 40 inmates at Rikers have reportedly been found positive for COVID-19 in the past week, coinciding with Weinstein’s time in that NYC Hellhole.
It is unclear if Weinstein himself contracted the disease at the East River complex or when he was in hospital in Manhattan over the past few weeks.
In a testament to the power of local journalism, among other things, the Niagara Gazette first reported Weinstein’s condition earlier today
On February 24, the once mercurial mogul was found guilty by a New York jury of two sex crime felony charges after a nearly six week trial. Allegedly hobbled by health issues and often in court with a much mocked walker, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years behind bars on March 11.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic dominated media headlines, Weistein's case was the center of the media universe for several weeks.
Now, many people are upset that the convicted sexual abuser is able to seemingly bypass the system and get tested before every day Americans.
Below are just some of the candid reactions that users are spreading on social media: