NEW YORK — Harvey Weinstein was transferred to a state prison in New York on Wednesday as he begins to serve a 23-year sentence for rape and sexual assault in his landmark #MeToo case. 

The disgraced film mogul, who turns 68 on Thursday, 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 just a temporary stop for Weinstein. While he's there, he'll be evaluated to determine which state prison facility meets his security, medical, mental health and other needs. 

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Harvey Weinstein arrives for his rape trial, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)