Harvey Weinstein moved to maximum security prison

Harvey Weinstein has been transferred to a maximum security prison in upstate New York to carry out his 23 year sentence.

The disgraced producer was being held in the notorious Brooklyn prison Rikers Island, after a five day hospital stay when he began experiencing chest pains following his sentencing for sex crimes.

Now, the 68-year-old has been assigned to the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York, a New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has confirmed.

The jail, near Buffalo, houses more than 950 inmates, with Mark David Chapman – who was convicted of murdering The Beatles legend John Lennon – currently residing there. 

At the prison, Weinstein will be known as Inmate No. 20B0584.

According to CNN, Weinstein will remain at Wende for an ‘undetermined period of time’ while authorities decided which facility meets his ‘security, medical, mental health and other needs’.

As he has been sentenced to 23 years – far more than the threshold of six – rules state that Weinstein must be housed at a maximum security facility.

It is believed that Harvey’s legal team wanted him kept at Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, because it was a medical facility.

He was on his way downstate when the decision was changed.

Following his conviction on 24 February, Weinstein – who turns 68 today – was brought to Bellevue Hospital after suffering chest pains.

He had a procedure to implant a stent to remove a blockage, and he returned to Bellevue once more after he was sentenced. 

The Shakespeare In Love producer was convicted of a criminal act in the first degree and rape in the third degree.

He was given 20 years in prison for the former and three years for the latter by Judge James Burke, having faced a maximum of 29 years in prison. 

Weinstein’s team has said they will be appealing his conviction. 

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