Harvey Weinstein is trading in the world of red carpets for a world of rust-belt ruin. The disgraced movie mogul on Wednesday was sent just about as far from the bright lights of sunny Hollywood as one can get, when he was transported from Rikers Island to an upstate prison east of Buffalo. The convicted …
Harvey Weinstein is trading in the world of red carpets for a world of rust-belt ruin.
The disgraced movie mogul on Wednesday was sent just about as far from the bright lights of sunny Hollywood as one can get, when he was transported from Rikers Island to an upstate prison east of Buffalo.
The convicted rapist — now known as inmate No. 20B0584 — passed through another prison in Elmira, New York, earlier in the day but ended up at a maximum-security facility in frigid, rural Wende, officials said.
It’s unclear why he made the stop in Elmira, but at Wende Weinstein will go through his state-prison reception process.
Correction officials will treat him like a starlet on an audition, as they give him a review in which he’ll get a security classification and learn at what facility he’ll serve his 23-year sentence.
He’ll likely end up serving his time in yet another state prison after his reception, which can take up to about 60 days, said Herbert Morales, a fellow at the Correctional Association of New York and himself a former state jailbird who during 33 years behind bars earned a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science.
When new inmates like Weinstein are processed, they’re forced to turn over their property before given a shower, shaved clean and “deliced,” 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.
He’ll then likely have to visit a doctor, a correction counselor and take a series of tests to determine his reading level and intellect to help determine his security classification.
Weinstein will be housed in Wende for his entire classification process, a Department of Corrections spokesperson said.
“There is no standard time frame for this process, as it varies based on the individual’s programmatic, medical and other needs,” the rep said.
Weinstein’s lawyers had previously urged the sentencing judge to send the fallen mogul to one of the state’s regional medical units because of his ailing health.
The units, which are similar to hospital wards, are typically reserved for terminally ill inmates or those recovering from surgeries while incarcerated.
Weinstein, who numerous women have accused of using his power and influence to be a sexual predator, 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.