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Harvey Weinstein is ill with a high fever in prison and is being ‘closely monitored’

Summary List Placement Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is ill in prison and is being closely monitored by medical staff at a correctional facility in upstate New York. Weinstein's publicist Juda Engelmayer and Craig Rothfeld, Weinstein's authorized New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYSDOCCS) representative and authorized New...

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Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is ill in prison and is being closely monitored by medical staff at a correctional facility in upstate New York.

Weinstein’s publicist Juda Engelmayer and Craig Rothfeld, Weinstein’s authorized New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYSDOCCS) representative and authorized New York State Department of Health representative, said in a statement to Insider that Weinstein has a “high fever,” though they could neither “confirm nor deny” that he 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,” they said.

Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York, following a conviction of third-degree rape and forcible sexual assault of two women.

This isn’t the first time Weinstein has had health issues during his stay in prison and trial.

He was seen in court using a walker, and after his conviction in February, he was taken to New York’s Bellevue Hospital instead of Rikers Island jail complex. He stayed there for more than a week due to high blood pressure and heart palpitations.

“It should come as no surprise that Mr. Weinstein has numerous maladies and conditions including a heart condition, high blood pressure and spinal stenosis,” Engelmayer and Rothfeld said of Weinstein’s current health issues. “We are working with the NYSDOCCS and the excellent team at Wende CF to ensure Mr. Weinstein receives the proper medical attention he needs.”

Weinstein is also facing sexual assault charges in Los Angeles, where officials are trying to have in extradited.

He faces four counts of forcible rape, four counts of oral copulation, two counts of sexual battery by restraint, and one count of sexual penetration by use of force in California.

The LA County District Attorney’s Office said that the charges are tied to alleged incidents involving five women between 2004 and 2013.

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