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Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein has been transferred to a state prison in New York to begin a 23-year sentence for rape and sexual assault in his landmark#MeToo case.

The disgraced film mogul, who turned 68 yesterday, is locked up at the maximum security Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo, according to state prison officials.

He is known behind bars as inmate No 20B0584.

The prison, six hours by car from Manhattan, is likely to be only a temporary stop for Weinstein.

While he is there, he will be evaluated to determine which state prison facility meets his security, medical, mental health and other needs.

Weinstein's spokesman called the move "harsh".

Weinstein, who was convicted on February 24 and sentenced last week, had been splitting time between New York City's notorious Rikers Island jail complex and a Manhattan hospital.

He left court in an ambulance after the guilty verdict and detoured to Bellevue Hospital, complaining of chest pains and high blood pressure.

He later had a stent inserted to unblock an artery. After sentencing, he returned with more chest pains.

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Weinstein, the Oscar- winning producer of Shakespeare In Love, was convicted of raping an aspiring actress in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on a TV and film production assistant in 2006. His lawyers have said they will appeal.

Within hours of Weinstein's sentencing, prosecutors in Los Angeles announced they were beginning the extradition process to send him there for an arraignment on charges he raped a woman and sexually assaulted another in 2013.

That is now on hold because of the Covid-19s crisis that has closed courts.

For Weinstein, being sent to the prison is an inauspicious homecoming. He attended college and got his start in the entertainment business as a concert promoter in the area.