Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus

Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON - Agence France-Presse
Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus

Film producer Harvey Weinstein departs Criminal Court on the first day of a sexual assault trial in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., January 6, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, U.S. media reported on March 22.    

Weinstein, 68, is in prison in northern New York state after being sentenced to 23 years in jail for rape and sexual assault.    

The fallen film producer's diagnosis was first reported on March 21 evening by local paper the Niagara Gazette.    

Weinstein's spokespeople have declined to comment on U.S. media on the subject.    

The New York state Department of Corrections did not respond when contacted by AFP for confirmation of the reports.    

Weinstein was transferred Wednesday to a prison near Buffalo, 560 kilometers northwest of New York City.    

Prior to his transfer, he stayed at Rikers Island prison and a Manhattan hospital, where he was treated for chest pains.  

Crowded U.S. prisons have the potential to become hotbeds for coronavirus infections. Last week, guards at Rikers and New York's Sing Sing prison tested positive for the virus, local media reported.    

Weinstein was convicted in February of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree, while being cleared of predatory sexual assault charges.    

He was convicted of raping ex-actress Jessica Mann in 2013 and of forcibly performing oral sex on former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006.    

Nearly 90 women, including Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, have leveled sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein, the Oscar-winning producer of "Shakespeare in Love" and numerous other critical and box office hits.