February 26, 2020|8: 30am |UpdatedFebruary 26, 2020 | 10: 15am
Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein willget special treatment in custody— because officials fear another “Epstein incident,” sources told The Post.
Unexcited reeling from the uproar after pedophile Jeffrey Epsteinmanaged to hang himself in his Manhattan lockuplast year, jail officials are taking extraordinary steps to monitor their most fashionable excessive-profile inmate.
Weinstein will always have his have faith cell, will constantly have a dedicated team of correction officers with him — and may even be shipped to a facility outdoors the metropolis, sources said.
“The last thing you want is another Jeffrey Epstein incident,” a jail source told The Post.
“Harvey is going to be isolated as grand as that you can think of and will always have a detail with him all thru the prison. He’s never going to be love other prisoners, able to walk down the hallway or sit in the canteen alone.”
The special measures have already started within Bellevue Hospital, where Weinstein was taken for chest pains after his conviction Monday, Joe Russo, president of the Assistant Deputy Wardens / Deputy Wardens Association,told The Metropolis.
A jail captain escorts him on every tear, and the team watching him includes several contributors of the department’s elite emergency response unit to be certain he doesn’t strive to harm himself, Russo said.
Your entire jail hospital unit is shut down to eliminate any chance Weinstein may bump into other inmates, Russo told the quandary.
“There seems to be a Jeffrey Epstein influence here,” Russo said.
Russo advised metropolis officials are eager to sustain the excessive-profile prisoner out of the metropolis, with choices being debated including a jail in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and even as far away as Albany.
If he does stay at Rikers, he may even get an entire housing unit perfect for him, Russo told The Metropolis.
“He’s very excessive-profile and you can’t put him with somebody else,” Russo told the quandary.
Sources told The Post that whereas choices outdoors the metropolis are being idea to be, it is far from straightforward, with state officials getting the final say.
The Correction Department declined to remark on The Metropolis’s Weinstein document.
“He’s in our custody apt now,” Avery Cohen, a Metropolis Hall spokesperson, told the quandary.
Weinstein was convicted in Manhattan court docket Monday of rape and criminal intercourse act — which leaves him facing up to 29 years behind bars. Wherever he finally ends up, Weinstein ought to be ready — having employed a “prison consultant’’ to assist prepare him for his time behind bars.
Epstein, 66, was being held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Manhattan, awaiting intercourse-trafficking charges, when he was found dead the morning of Aug. 10.
Corrections officers Tova Noel and Michael Thomas have been charged with falsifying documents claiming they’d checked on Epstein and other inmates every half-hour the night time he died. Each guards pleaded not responsible.