EXCLUSIVE: Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, 68, was paid a special visit by his actress girlfriend Alexandra Vino, 27, where the two chatted for hours and sat close while wearing masks
- Vino visited Prisoner number 20B0584 inside Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York, 20 miles east of Buffalo
- She stayed for several hours chatting with the 68-year-old convicted rapist, who is now eight-and-a-half months into his 23-year sentence
- ‘They were in a back room that is kept specially for prisoners in IPC — involuntary protective custody,’ said a witness to the meeting
- The pair wore masks but sat closely together
Pervert movie mogul Harvey Weinstein had a special visitor Friday to relieve the boredom of prison life — his 27-year-old actress girlfriend Alexandra Vino, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively.
Vino visited Prisoner number 20B0584 inside Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York, 20 miles east of Buffalo.
She stayed for several hours chatting with the 68-year-old convicted rapist, who is now eight-and-a-half months into his 23-year sentence.
‘They were in a back room that is kept specially for prisoners in IPC — involuntary protective custody,’ said a witness to the meeting.
Harvey Weinstein was paid a visit by his girlfriend Alexandra Vino on Friday. She stayed for several hours chatting with the 68-year-old convicted rapist, who is now eight-and-a-half months into his 23-year sentence
Vino visited Prisoner number 20B0584 inside Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York, 20 miles east of Buffalo
‘He got up several times to use the bathroom,’ said the source. ‘He can still only get about with a walker, just like when he was in court, but the difference between then and now is that he has a lot more color in his cheeks, he didn’t look so deathly ill.’
Prisons in New York restarted inmate visits in August after halting them at the start of the COVID pandemic. But with the pandemic raging again in New York — especially around Buffalo — a lockdown could soon be on the cards again.
So, Vino was taking advantage of what could be a small window to see her multi-millionaire felon boyfriend.
‘She had to keep away from him, there is no hugging or touching now, and of course, they both had to wear a mask,’ said the source. ‘But they sat close together, and I am sure if it weren’t for the COVID restrictions they would have been holding hands.
‘Their visit, like all those in IPC was filmed — there was a camera on a tripod in the room with them. A correction officer sat by the camera and two more were stationed just outside the door.’
Vino arrived at the prison — 360 miles northwest of her home in New York City — bright and early and stayed until visiting time ended at 3 pm, the source said.
Vino arrived at the prison — 360 miles northwest of her home in New York City — bright and early and stayed until visiting time ended at 3 pm, a source said
Vino was first linked to Weinstein late last year shortly before he was convicted for third-degree rape and first-degree sexual assault. Weinstein arrives for his sexual assault trial in New York in January
‘She just looked so happy to see him,’ said the source. ‘Her hair was neatly pulled back and she went to the coffee machine several times and brought back drinks for both of them.’
Vino was first linked to Weinstein late last year shortly before he was convicted for third-degree rape and first-degree sexual assault.
While he was still out on bail, she was seen canoodling with him at Manhattan hotspots Downtime and Socialista and even stood up for him when a woman approached him protesting his presence, the New York Post reported.
She told the paper: ‘Everyone seems to f**king hate Harvey but they don’t realize they don’t really hate Harvey.
‘They are being told how to feel. He is a scapegoat for this entire #MeToo movement and they’ve destroyed his life. It’s been like a human sacrifice.
In this screenshot taken from the Instagram Story of Alexandra Vino, the actress and singer performs with Helga Rose at Socialista in New York City on Thursday November 7, 2019. Harvey Weinstein was in attendance during the performance
‘People get 23 years in prison for murdering people, not for what he did, she added.
Late last year the May-December couple checked into the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, New Jersey, and had to pay extra for smoking weed in a non-smoking room, the Hollywood Reporter said.
Perhaps suffering from the munchies, the loved-up couple ordered ‘several ice creams’ to their room.
However, at the time, Weinstein’s rep insisted he only smoked tobacco and had had two ice cream sundaes at the bar. The rep said Vino had only visited him with a male friend.
‘There is nothing romantic about their platonic relationship,’ the rep said. ‘Under no circumstances was Mr. Weinstein smoking marijuana. Relapsing, he did however smoke a couple of cigarettes and once notified that he was not staying in a smoking room, he stopped smoking immediately.’
Weinstein, one of the most successful movie producers in Hollywood’s history was brought down when actress Ashley Judd told the New York Times that in 1997 he had invited her to his room at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel in the late 1990s for a business breakfast meeting. When she got there, he appeared in his bathrobe and asked her for a massage.
That interview opened the floodgates and more than 100 other women, including Cate Blanchett, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Beckinsale, Madonna and Lupita N’yongo, said they had had unwanted sexual encounters with him.
Twenty of them said that he had raped them. He is still facing four charges of rape, as well as forced oral copulation, sexual assault, sexual battery in California.
At his New York trial he made great play of relying on his walker to get about. ‘The decrepit-looking Mr. Weinstein, body hunched as he slowly rolls forward, contrasts sharply with his former image as a domineering Hollywood power broker,’ Professor Jasmine Harris wrote in the New York Times.
Weinstein appears at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on July 9, 2018 in New York City
Harris said research shows that jurors tend to be more lenient with defendants who are older or have disabilities.
Weinstein won an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love and was nominated for Gangs of New York. His other movies included The Crying Game, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Pulp Fiction, The King’s Speech and Inglourious Basterds. He was expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences after allegations started to pile up against him.
His second wife, Georgina Chapman, left him amid the accusations.
But Vino, who was a teenage commercial actress and who has had parts in the movies Spenser Confidential and Badmaa$h Company.
She defended her man, saying: ‘I know what Oscar parties are like, I know what goes on. I’ve seen the gorgeous women throwing themselves at Harvey and other powerful men all day long. ‘These girls in L.A. and New York are not naive. You don’t hit on a guy (like Weinstein) with a track record for hitting on women. What, and then you’re all, “Oh I can’t believe he asked me for a back massage?” Come on.”
She did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s calls and messages asking for comment.