Weinstein’s name removed from hospital facility he founded

Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey appears to have surgically removed Harvey Weinstein’s name from its campus.

In 2012, the one-time Hollywood mogul announced with great fanfare (as if he ever announced anything another way) that the hospital was to open the Harvey and Georgina
Weinstein National Heart and Lung Transplant Center, named after Weinstein and his fashion-designer wife.

He even used the premiere of Bradley Cooper’s and Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar-winning “Silver Linings Playbook” to raise funds for the namesake facility.

A press release at the time said that “several celebrities who appear in the film attended [a reception for the center], including Bradley Cooper, Julia Stiles, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker.”

And the Weinstein Co. — which has gone bankrupt since scores of women have come forward accusing Harvey of sexual misconduct and rape starting in November 2017 — held a screening of its animated movie ­“Escape From Planet Earth” at the facility.

But it seems to have mysteriously gone missing in the meantime.

Several people we spoke to at the hospital on Friday told us they’d never heard of the center, and a rep for Weinstein told us that even they don’t know what’s become of it.

The rep told us that Weinstein had raised a half-million dollars for the center after a friend needed to get a transplant.

The doctor behind the facility didn’t return our calls, and we couldn’t reach a press rep for the hospital.

It’s not the first time Weinstein’s philanthropic efforts have ended poorly.

In 2017, he sparked an investigation and a crisis when he funneled the proceeds from auction items he’d “donated” to the amfAR gala to pay off a debt he owed to a regional theater where he had held previews of his Broadway show, “Finding Neverland.”

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