Harvey Weinstein was transferred to New York State prison on Wednesday, following a two-day stay at Rikers Island.
Weinstein has been sent to Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison near Buffalo, N.Y. He will remain there for an undetermined period of time while prison officials determine where he should be placed permanently.
Weinstein’s location had been the subject of some confusion on Wednesday. His spokesman, Juda Engelmayer, initially said that Weinstein was en route to Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill, N.Y. Later in the day, Engelmayer said Weinstein had been rerouted to Elmira Correctional Facility in upstate N.Y. The New York State inmate locator website initially indicated that Weinstein was at Elmira, but later reflected that he had been sent to Wende.
Weinstein had been back-and-forth between the jail ward at Bellevue Hospital and Rikers’ medical unit since being found guilty of rape and sexual assault on Feb. 24. He was sentenced on March 11 to 23 years in prison.
His team has asked for him to be housed at Fishkill Correctional Facility because it has a medical unit and is close to his young children. Weinstein has suffered from heart problems and other ailments while in custody, and had a procedure to remove a blockage.
Wende Correctional Facility also has a medical unit, but is much farther from Weinstein’s ex-wife and children.
The state prison system has suspended inmate visitation, except for “non contact” attorney visits, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Inmates are being given one free phone call per week and two free emails to make up for the elimination of visits.
Weinstein also faces four charges of rape and sexual assault in Los Angeles. Last week, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said that it has begun the process of extraditing him to face those charges.
The first step would be to file a detainer with the prison facility where Weinstein is held. Los Angeles prosecutors would then have to get a court to approve a request for extradition.
However, the Los Angeles court system has been shut down for all but the most essential functions for the next month due to the coronavirus emergency.
This story has corrected to reflect that Weinstein was sent to Wende Correctional Facility, not Elmira.