Harvey Weinstein is wanted in Los Angeles on charges of assaulting five women from 2004 to 2013.
Disgraced former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was extradited from New York to California Tuesday to face charges for rape and assault charges, his spokesman and the New York Department of Corrections said.
Weinstein, 69, is wanted in Los Angeles on trial for assaulting five women from 2004 to 2013. He was handed over to California authorities Tuesday morning.
“This morning at approximately 9:25 (GMT 1300) the custody of Mr. Harvey Weinstein was handed over to the appropriate transportation officials in the state of California by order of the court,” the New York Department of Corrections said. said in a statement.
U accusation in California they involved alleged attacks on five women in the Los Angeles area and included four counts of forced rape, four counts of forced oral intercourse, two counts of sexual assault for restraint and one count of sexual penetration for use of force. Weinstein denied having sex without consent with anyone.
More than 100 women, including famous actresses, have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct that has lasted for decades, stimulating the global #MeToo movement against sexual abuse and harassment by powerful men.
Weinstein was convicted in New York in 2020 for sexual assault and rape and serving a sentence 23 years in prison. Weinstein appealed his conviction.
“We believe there is not only one defense against these charges, but a very good defense against these charges,” which would result in an acquittal in California, Norman Effman, a public defender representing Weinstein, said in April.
A diabetic who is almost technically blind, according to Effman, Weinstein suffers from heart and back problems and his extradition to California had been delayed for medical treatments, including planned dental and eye surgery.
If convicted as a defendant in Los Angeles, the once-powerful Hollywood mogul faces 140 years of life in a California state prison.
“The willingness of these latest victims to testify against a powerful man gives us the additional evidence we need to build a convincing criminal case,” Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles district attorney, said in a statement when California charges were brought against Weinstein.
Weinstein’s former production company has arrived a $ 19m establishment in 2020 lawsuits for sexual harassment brought in civil court by several women.