Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein survives coronavirus after spending 14 days in quarantine
Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein survives coronavirus after spending 14 days in quarantine
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Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, following his sentencing to 23 years in prison, has survived the outbreak after 14-day quarantine at Wende Correctional Facility in New York, reports Fox News.

Weinstein’s spokesman Juda Engelmayer revealed that the former “has been released from medical isolation” and has now been “deemed alright.”

Harvey was convicted on February 24 of committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree and third-degree rape. The sentencing ends Weinstein's New York trial, which began on January 6.

Before his sentencing, Weinstein, who opted not to testify during his New York sexual assault trial, addressed the judge. Speaking in a low voice, of the women who have accused him of misconduct, he said: "I have great remorse for all of you. I have great remorse for all women."

"I really feel remorse for this situation. I feel it deeply in my heart," he added.

In response to the sentencing, Tina Tchen, president and CEO of the Time's Up Foundation, said: "First and foremost, we are grateful for the courage and strength of Mimi Haleyi, Jessica Mann, Annabella Sciorra, Dawn Dunning, Tarale Wulff, and Lauren Young, who bravely testified in court, and we remain in solidarity with the more than 100 survivors who suffered abuse, harassment, and rape at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. The trauma of sexual assault and harassment is lifelong and we can only hope that today's sentence brings all of the survivors of Harvey Weinstein some measure of peace."

In addition to this, the Silence Breakers, a group of 24 Weinstein accusers that includes Ashley Judd, Lauren Sivan, Rosanna Arquette and Rose McGowan, released a joint statement saying: "Harvey Weinstein's legacy will always be that he's a convicted rapist. He is going to jail - but no amount of jail time will repair the lives he ruined, the careers he destroyed, or the damage he has caused."

Besides his current sentence, Weinstein also faces four charges of rape and sexual assault in Los Angeles, where the District Attorney's has started procedure. The Los Angeles proceedings have been delayed owing to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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