Disgraced film mogul and convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein spent his 68th birthday at a maximum security prison in upstate New York, where he was given informational materials about surviving s.e.x.ual abuse behind bars and prison suicide prevention.
Weinstein had arrived at the Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Alden, New York, a day earlier after a brief stay at Rikers Island, the principal jail in New York City.
The former film producer and Oscar winner, who is in poor health, was taken to Rikers Island from Bellevue Hospital after treatment for a heart issue following his February 26 conviction for s.e.x crimes in a landmark #metoo case.
He is currently serving a 23 year prison sentence with no chance of parole for at least 20 of those years, which means he will likely be in prison for the rest of his life.
On his first full day at Wende, which also was his birthday, correctional officers presented Weinstein a s.e.x.ual abuse pamphlet called ‘The Prevention of S.e.x.ual Abuse in Prison; What Inmates Need to Know,’ as required by a state corrections directive, the New York Post reports.
He then was to undergo an assessment to determine if he faces a ‘risk of being s.e.x.ually abused by other inmates’.
He also was to be evaluated to determine whether he could be ‘s.e.x.ually abusive toward other inmates’, according to the directive.
Weinstein was then shown a video about how prisoners should avoid considering death by suicide while behind bars.
Prisoners are intended to keep the video, ‘Suicide Prevention for People in Prison’, with them for the remainder of their stay.
Weinstein’s prison consultant, Craig Rothfeld, told the Post that Weinstein may currently be lodged in a medical unit at the prison because of his poor health and the threat of the coronavirus outbreak.