Joe Mahoney of CNHI newspaper reported Sunday (March 22) the disgraced film producer tested positive for the COVID-19 virus at Wende Correctional Facility in Western New York. Weinstein, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault, was transferred from Rikers Island to Wende last week. He is one of two Wende inmates who have the virus.
But Weinstein’s representatives haven’t heard of his diagnosis. Speaking to The Daily Beast, Weinstein’s spokesperson Juda Engelmayer said, “our team… has not heard anything like that yet.”
Because of the virus, visits to prison inmates have been suspended.
Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), did not comment on Weinstein. Previously he stated the impact the virus could have on inmates. “There is no better breeding ground for this virus than a closed environment such as a correctional facility,” said Powers.
This is a developing story…