- Harvey Weinstein has been transferred to Los Angeles for a second trial during which he’ll face new fees.
- The disgraced film producer has been serving a 23-year jail sentence for sexual assault in New York since final yr.
- In Los Angeles he’s accused of the rape and sexual assault of 5 girls, which may land him in jail for as much as a further 140 years.
Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been serving a 23-year jail sentence for sexual assault in New York since final yr, was transferred to Los Angeles on Tuesday for a second trial during which he’ll face new fees.
The as soon as omnipotent Hollywood producer – whose downfall was seen as a significant victory for the #MeToo motion – is accused in Los Angeles of rape and sexual assault of 5 girls, which may land him in jail for as much as a further 140 years.
The 69-year-old left the Wende jail in upstate New York and was handed over “to the suitable officers for transport to the state of California per a courtroom order,” a spokesman for the New York jail authorities stated in a press release.
Los Angeles police confirmed Weinstein “was delivered to LA stemming from an extradition warrant that was issued for a number of felony sexual assault fees.”
“After being medically cleared for reserving, he will likely be booked into custody,” the division tweeted.
In the present day Harvey Weinstein was delivered to LA stemming from an extradition warrant that was issued for a number of felony sexual assault fees. After being medically cleared for reserving, he will likely be booked into custody w/ LA County Sheriff’s. We wouldn’t have future courtroom date data.
— LAPD PIO (@LAPDPIO) July 20, 2021
Weinstein’s attorneys had argued for weeks towards the switch on medical grounds. However in June, New York choose Kenneth Case rejected their arguments and gave the inexperienced gentle to his switch.
Authorized efforts to cease the extradition in Los Angeles didn’t attain courtroom.
“We’re dissatisfied that the LA DA (Los Angeles district lawyer) did not look ahead to the choose’s ruling, however we did anticipate this to occur sooner or later,” Weinstein’s spokesman, Juda Engelmayer, instructed AFP.
“We will likely be preventing in order that Harvey can obtain his wanted medical care and, after all, in order that he could be handled pretty.”
In accordance with California legislation, Weinstein’s trial should start inside 120 days of his extradition, which might be in mid-November.
His lawyer Mark Werksman instructed the Los Angeles Occasions that Weinstein may seem in a Los Angeles courtroom as early as Wednesday.
The Los Angeles District Legal professional’s Workplace didn’t affirm or deny any particulars of Weinstein’s extradition when contacted by AFP.
Weinstein has at all times denied the fees, each in New York and in Los Angeles, claiming that his accusers consented.
In early April, he formally appealed his conviction for rape and sexual assault in New York, which was handed right down to him in March 2020 following a high-profile trial in Manhattan.
In whole, practically 90 girls have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.
The Los Angeles fees embody allegations from ex-model Lauren Younger that Weinstein sexually assaulted her in a Beverly Hills resort in 2013 when she was a 22-year-old aspiring actress.
Los Angeles prosecutors additionally accuse Weinstein of raping an Italian mannequin – whose id, like the opposite three Los Angeles accusers, has not been made public – the evening earlier than he allegedly assaulted Younger.