Convicted Rapist Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, US media revealed Sunday.

Weinstein, 68, is in jail in northern New York state after being sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault.

The fallen film producer’s diagnosis was first reported Sunday evening by local paper the Niagara Gazette.

Weinstein’s representatives have declined to comment to US media regarding the matter.

Weinstein was transferred Wednesday to a jail close to Buffalo, 350 miles (560 kilometers) northwest of New York City.

Prior to his transfer, he stayed at Rikers Island jail and a Manhattan hospital, where he was treated for chest pains.

Crowded US prison have the potential to become hotbeds for coronavirus infections. A week ago, guards at Rikers and New York’s Sing jail tested positive for the virus, local media reported.

As of Sunday, the virus has killed 417 people in the US out of more than 33,000 cases, as indicated by a tracker oversaw by Johns Hopkins University.

Weinstein was convicted in February for a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree, while being, cleared of predatory sexual assault charges.

He was sentenced of raping ex-actress Jessica Mann in 2013 and of forcibly performing oral sex on former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006.

Almost 90 women, including Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, have leveled sexual wrongdoing claims against Weinstein, the Oscar-winning maker of “Shakespeare in Love” and numerous other critical and box office hits.