Harvey Weinstein sent to prison near Buffalo
Harvey Weinstein is trading in red carpets for rusting factories.
The disgraced movie mogul was sent just about to as far from the bright lights of sunny Hollywood as one can get, when he was transported Wednesday from Rikers Island to a prison just outside of frigid Buffalo.
The convicted rapist, is now known as inmate No. 20B0584, passed through another prison in Elmira, New York, earlier in the day, but ended up at the maximum-security facility in Wende, officials said. It’s unclear why he made the stop in Elmira.
At Wende, Weinstein will go through his state-prison reception process in which correction officials will give him a security classification and determine what facility he’ll serve his 23-year sentence.
He’ll likely end up serving his time in another state prison in New York after his reception, which can take up to about 60 days, said Herbert Morales, a fellow at the corrections association of New York and former New York State prisoner.
When new inmates like Weinstein are processed, they’re forced to turn over their property, before given a shower, shaved clean and “de-liced,” Morales said.
And he can forget ever wearing a tuxedo again, as he is given a temporary set of “greens” — the name for prison issued clothes.
“He’ll get boots, sneakers, three pairs of state pants, four pairs of state shirts, a state coat, several pairs of state underwear, several t-shirts,” Morales said.
Weinstein was hit with the more than two-decade sentence last week for raping an aspiring actress and sexually abusing a TV and film production assistant.
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