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Harvey Weinstein was jailed on suspicion of coronavirus


Harvey Weinstein is isolated with a 101 degree fever as prison doctors suspect he has coronavirus

  • Weinstein, 68, awaits the results of a COVID-19 test, TMZ reported Tuesday
  • Sources said the Weinstein store was "very bad" with a high fever
  • They said the shamed film mogul's doctors were convinced he had the virus
  • He was isolated for 72 hours in the Wende correctional facility, where he is sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault
  • There were several reports in March that Weinstein tested positive for the virus
  • TMZ's sources said he was never officially diagnosed at the time

Harvey Weinstein has a 101-degree fever and has been treated in isolation as doctors suspect he may have contracted coronavirus, TMZ reported Tuesday

Harvey Weinstein has a 101-degree fever and has been treated in isolation as doctors suspect he may have contracted coronavirus, a new report said.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ on Tuesday of Weinstein's poor health and said the vicious movie mogul is "very badly".

They said Weinstein, 68, had shown tell-tale symptoms of COVID-19 and had been in isolation for 72 hours while waiting for the results of a test done this morning.

If the test is positive, he will be taken to the Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison east of Buffalo, New York, where he will be sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault.

Weinstein suffers from a variety of health problems that could put him at risk for a severe case of coronavirus such as diabetes, heart problems, and high blood pressure.

A source close to the manufacturer appeared to corroborate TMZ's recent health concerns, saying, “It should come as no surprise that Mr. Weinstein has numerous illnesses and ailments, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and spinal stenosis.

"We are working with NYSDOCCS and the amazing Wende CF team to ensure Mr. Weinstein is getting the proper medical care he needs."

There were several reports in the spring of Weinstein contracting the virus, but according to TMZ sources, he was never officially diagnosed at the time.

Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for rape and sexual assault in the Wende Correctional Facility (pictured) in western New York

Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for rape and sexual assault in the Wende Correctional Facility (pictured) in western New York

Michael Powers, head of the New York State Corrections Union Union, told DailyMail.com and other outlets that Weinstein tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-March.

But Weinstein spokeswoman Juda Engelmayer denied Powers' claim two weeks later, saying the producer had "no symptoms and no problems".

One of Weinstein's attorneys, Arthur Aidala, seemed to confirm Engelmayer's testimony, saying, "I don't know the exact status of his health, but when I speak to him it sounds good."

While research on the virus is still limited, several studies have shown that it is possible to infect it twice.

Weinstein suffers from a variety of health problems that could put him at risk for a serious case of coronavirus, including diabetes, heart problems, and high blood pressure. He enters New York court with a walker on February 14th

Weinstein suffers from a variety of health problems that could put him at risk for a serious case of coronavirus, including diabetes, heart problems, and high blood pressure. He enters New York court with a walker on February 14th

Weinstein was transferred from Rikers Island to Wende Correctional in March after he was sentenced to 23 years in prison in 2006 for sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and raping aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013.

His attorney, Donna Rotunno, has suggested that he will die in prison and, following his conviction, said that he "will not see the light of day".

Weinstein spent several days in the hospital following his conviction in January for various ailments and then turned up in a wheelchair when he was convicted.

Within hours of the hearing, he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan with chest pain before being taken to Rikers a few days later.

His defense team had used his poor health to seek a lighter sentence from the New York court.

They also spoke out against extradition to Los Angeles, where he has been charged eleven times with sexual assault because of the high levels of coronavirus in California prisons.

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