Five women were included in the count of 11 sexual assaults on Weinstein in California in January 2020, which arose from 2004 to 2013 with allegations in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.
New York prison officials have handed over convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein to California to face additional sexual assault charges, ending the former movie mogul’s long fight to delay his extradition.
Records show the 69-year-old Weinstein was booked downtown in a Los Angeles jail on Tuesday afternoon. According to her LA attorney, Mark Worksman, she could appear on counts of 11 sexual assaults, including four counts of rape, as early as Wednesday morning. The district attorney’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.
Weinstein’s lawyers were trying to negotiate to stop the transfer, but it was expected to happen soon, said her spokeswoman Juda Englemeyer.
“We will continue to fight so that Harvey can receive the medical care he needs and, of course, be treated appropriately,” she said. Said Engelmeyer. “Proper process, the presumption of innocence and a fair trial are still their rights.”
A New York judge approved Weinstein’s extradition to California in June, when his lawyers denied a request to keep him in a state prison near Buffalo, where he is serving a 23-year sentence for rape last year, until jury selection begins. Los Angeles case.
Weinstein’s lawyer, Norman Affman, argues that a New York facility should live in a maximum safety setting like a hospital, while seeking treatment for health problems, including eye loss.
Weinstein’s time in custody in California will be counted in his New York sentence, officials said.
In January 2020, Weinstein was charged with counting 11 sexual assaults involving people of five races in California from 2004 to 2013. The charges include rape, forced oral sex, sexual battery through restraint and sexual penetration through use. Force.
Weinstein maintains his innocence and argues that any sexual activity was agreeable.
The California allegations were made shortly before Weinstein was convicted in New York City of raping an aspiring actress in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and forcing a TV and film production assistant on a Manhattan apartment in 2006.
He is appealing for conviction.
The lawyer for one of Weinstein’s defendants applauded Tuesday’s transfer, which was repeatedly delayed by the COVID-19 epidemic as well as legal arguments over the paperwork and its medical needs.
“The opportunity to hold Weinstein accountable for his actions in California gives voice to survivors, including my client, Jane Doe 4,” attorney Elizabeth Fagg said in a statement. “They deserve to be heard and Weinstein has an answer for his actions. We hope that the guilty verdict in California will ensure that Harvey Weinstein spends the rest of his life behind bars – women everywhere get justice. “