The disgraced movie mogul tested positive for the virus while in prison, a source tells ET. It is believed that he contracted it while being held at Rikers before transferring to Wende Correctional Facility.
In a statement to ET, Weinstein's rep said, "At this time, we will neither confirm nor deny whether Mr. Weinstein has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. While his team is now fully aware of his current medical condition, since Mr. Weinstein executed the proper Dept. of Corrections Healthcare Information Release Form, we are going to continue protecting his privacy and maintain his privacy. As such, we will not discuss this matter any further."
The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has confirmed that two inmates at the Wende Correctional Facility, located near Buffalo, had coronavirus. Weinstein was sentenced earlier this month to 23 years in prison after he was found guilty of rape in the third degree and of criminal sexual assault in the first degree. He was held at Rikers Island before being transferred to Wende on Wednesday.
On Sunday, the Associated Press reported that at least 38 inmates in New York -- including at Rikers -- had tested positive for coronavirus.
According to the CDC, as of Friday, New York had the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo revealed on Sunday that the state now has over 15,000 confirmed cases and over 100 deaths. About 13 percent of people in New York who tested positive for the virus have been hospitalized.
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