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'Seems to Be Jeffrey Epstein Influence': Prison Officials to Ensure Weinstein Does Not Harm Himself

© REUTERS / Carlo AllegriFilm producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at the New York Criminal Court during his ongoing sexual assault trial in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., February 24, 2020
Film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at the New York Criminal Court during his ongoing sexual assault trial in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., February 24, 2020 - Sputnik International
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The disgraced movie mogul, 67, was found guilty on two charges relating to third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual assault. Weinstein, whose sentence is to be decided 11 March, faces decades in prison.

Officials at Rikers Island, where Harvey Weinstein is currently being detained, are taking security measures to ensure that the former Hollywood producer does not harm himself, according to a Wednesday statement from Joe Russo, president of the Deputy Wardens Association.

Weinstein is, according to reports, accompanied by a prison captain and measures have been taken to prevent him from meeting other prisoners. 

"He's very high-profile and you can't put him with somebody else", Russo said, adding that Weinstein could be transported to another detention facility to provide for his safety.
"There seems to be a Jeffrey Epstein influence here," , Russo remarked.

Convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein died in custody August 2019, while awaiting trial for sex trafficking and pedophilia. However, the lack of evidence concerning his mysterious death have resulted in numerous theories, including that the former financier was murdered.

Weinstein case

The former movie mogul was initially indicted on five charges, but acquitted of first-degree rape and predatory sexual assault on 24 February. He could nonetheless face up to 25 years in jail, after being found guilty of the third-degree rape of actress Jessica Mann in 2013, and a charge of first-degree criminal sexual act in relation to former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006.

Beginning in 2017, dozens of actresses and female Hollywood employees have accused Weinstein of rape and sexual harassment, with some accusations dating as far back as 1980. Following the first accusations from alleged victims, Weinstein's wife left him and filed for divorce, while his children have reportedly refused to speak with him.

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