Former Hollywood producer and convicted rapist, Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the coronavirus in prison.
The life sentence
The 68-year old film producer is in prison in New York state since his 23-year jail sentence for rape and sexual assault. Due to his age, this is basically a life sentence, as he may die in prison. The trial was a milestone moment for the #metoo movement, with many survivors outside the courthouse awaiting justice.
The coronavirus and crowded US prisons
While Weinstein’s spokespeople refused to comment, his diagnosis was reported this weekend by the Niagara Gazette. The virus is a pandemic and overcrowded prisons are a serious issue.
He is now in isolation.
Initially, Weinstein was at the notoriously violent Rikers Island prison (same prison 2pac was in). Here, Weinstein complained of chest pains. He then transferred to a prison near Buffalo, northwest of New York City.
As you can imagine, COVID-19 can spread quickly in overcrowded prisons. Just last week, guards at Rikers tested positive for the virus. By Sunday, the coronavirus killed 417 people in the USA with more than 33 000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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Weinstein’s convictions include criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree. However, he was acquitted on the more serious charges including predatory sexual assault. His crimes include raping ex-actress Jessica Mann in 2013 and of forcibly performing oral sex on former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006.
More than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek. The accusations span decades. He will face additional charges in LA.
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