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Reports: Harvey Weinstein tests positive for Covid-19 in Alden prison

Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein, who was transferred to Alden's Wende Correctional Facility last week, has tested positive for Covid-19, according to reports by Reuters and CNHI.

The head of the state corrections officers union said that Weinstein, who is serving a prison sentence for sexual assault and rape, tested positive Sunday and has been placed in isolation, according to Reuters.

Ogdensburg's Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, said that several staff members had been quarantined, according to Reuters.

The news was first reported by Joe Mahoney of CNHI newspapers, which include the Niagara Gazette and Plattsburgh's Press-Republican, who cited state prison officials.

The CNHI report said that, according to officials, two inmates had tested positive for the coronavirus disease and that it was believed that Weinstein was positive for the virus when he entered the state prison system at Wende last Wednesday from Rikers Island, a New York City jail.

Powers told Reuters that he learned that the test came back positive on Sunday morning and is concerned about the corrections officers, who he said lack proper protective equipment.

Weinstein, 68, is serving a 23-year sentence after he was found guilty on Feb. 24 by a Manhattan jury of sexually assaulting a former production assistant and raping a former aspiring actress. He was sentenced on March 11 and spent time at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan due to heart problems, according to a spokesperson, before being moved first to Rikers Island and then the maximum security prison in Alden.

A lawyer for Weinstein told Reuters on Sunday night that his legal team had not been notified of the coronavirus diagnosis.

“Given Mr. Weinstein’s state of health, we are of course concerned, if this is the case, and we are vigilantly monitoring the situation,” lawyer Imran Ansari, who is based in New York, told Reuters.

More than 100 women, including famous actresses, have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct stretching back decades. He has denied the allegations, saying any sex was consensual. Weinstein faces separate sexual assault charges in Los Angeles.

Weinstein attended the University at Buffalo in the late 1970s and early '80s and became involved in Buffalo's concert-promoting and political scenes.

In October 2017, The News published an account of a Buffalo woman who said she was the target of Weinstein's unwanted advances while he was filming his first movie, "The Burning," in Buffalo in 1980.

Harvey Weinstein has been transferred to Alden prison

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