Harvey Weinstein 'seriously ill' in jail as doctors believe he has Covid-19

Harvey Weinstein is in isolation with a high temperature after taking a Covid-19 test.

The convicted rapist is reportedly seriously ill in Wende Correctional Facility in New York, with doctors believing he has contracted coronavirus.

According to TMZ, the 68-year-old has a temperature of 101 (38 degrees celsius) and is ‘doing poorly’.

Weinstein underwent a Covid-19 test on Tuesday, and has already been placed into isolation for 72 hours.

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If he tests positive for the virus, he will be moved to the prison hospital.

Reps for the disgraced producer did not confirm or deny whether Weinstein has Covid-19, but said he was being ‘closely monitored’.

A statement read: ‘At this time, according to Juda Englemeyer, his publicist, and Craig Rothfeld, his authorised NYSDOCCS and NYS Department of Health Representative, we can neither confirm nor deny that Mr. Weinstein has tested positive for COVID-19.

‘We can confirm that Mr. Weinstein has a fever and is being closely monitored by the excellent medical staff at Wende CF for which the entire legal defense team is grateful.

‘It should come as no surprise that Mr. Weinstein has numerous maladies and conditions including a heart condition, high blood pressure and spinal stenosis. We are working with the NYSDOCCS and the excellent team at Wende CF to ensure Mr. Weinstein receives the proper medical attention he needs.

‘As information becomes available that we are at liberty to discuss we will update everyone accordingly.’

It was previously reported back in March that Weinstein had tested positive for Covid-19 during the first New York outbreak, shortly after he began his jail sentence. 

Weinstein is considered high risk due to his age and his medical issues, having spent five days in hospital back in March for ongoing heart problems and chest pains and having back surgery last December.

The star is serving a 23-year sentence after being convicted of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape.

Weinstein also faces 11 further counts of rape and sexual assault in Los Angeles, including six counts of sexual assault which were added last month. 

If convicted on all of the California charges, Weinstein could face an additional 140 years in prison.

A spokesperson said: ‘Harvey Weinstein has always maintained that every one of his physical encounters throughout his entire life have been consensual. That hasn’t changed.’

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