Weinstein very ill with high fever: report

Molly Crane-Newman, New York Daily News
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Former US movie mogul and convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein is in prison isolation with a soaring fever, the likely result of coronavirus complications, according to a source.

Weinstein, 68, is very ill and has a high sustained fever, said the source, who has direct knowledge of Weinstein's medical condition.

Weinstein was tested on Tuesday morning and doctors are awaiting results.

But they were confident enough he has COVID-19 that they placed him in isolation for 72 hours at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York, where he is serving a 23-year sentence for rape and sexual assault.

Juda Englemeyer, Weinstein's publicist, and Craig Rothfield, a state department of health representative, said they could not confirm nor deny if Weinstein has coronavirus.

"We can confirm that Mister Weinstein has a fever, and is being closely monitored by the excellent medical staff at Wende CF for which the entire legal defence team is grateful," the representatives said in a statement.

"It should come as no surprise that Weinstein has numerous maladies and conditions including a heart condition, high blood pressure and spinal stenosis."

If the test comes back positive, Weinstein will be transferred to a prison hospital.

Weinstein's condition was first reported by TMZ.

Several reports said Weinstein had COVID-19 in March but he was never officially diagnosed with the disease.

One of Weinstein's defence lawyers, Donna Rotunno, said she could not confirm Weinstein's condition.

"I have heard nothing of the sort," she said.

Weinstein also faces rape and sexual assault charges in Los Angeles.