Harvey Weinstein Is Transferred to California to Face Sex Crime Charges

Los Angeles authorities on Tuesday transported Harvey Weinstein to California to face expenses of rape and sexual assault within the metropolis the place he made his title as a film producer.

The transfer got here after a New York choose dominated in June that Mr. Weinstein, 69, could possibly be transferred, over his lawyer’s objections. A spokesman for Mr. Weinstein confirmed that the switch had taken place early Tuesday morning.

Mr. Weinstein has been charged with a number of counts of forcible rape and forcible oral copulation, in addition to different counts associated to intercourse crimes, in incidents involving 5 completely different ladies that occurred between 2004 and 2013.

A spokesman for Mr. Weinstein, Juda Engelmayer, stated that the authorities had picked the previous producer up with little warning Tuesday morning from the Erie County jail the place he was being held. He stated he believed that Mr. Weinstein, who says he’s unwell and incessantly makes use of a walker or a wheelchair, had in all probability been transported on a federal hospital aircraft.

“We will be fighting so that Harvey can receive his needed medical care and of course, so that he can be treated fairly,” Mr. Engelmayer stated in an announcement. “Due process, presumption of innocence and a fair trial are still his right.”

A spokesman for the Los Angeles district legal professional declined to remark.

In 2017, Mr. Weinstein was publicly accused by various ladies of sexual assault and harassment, setting off the MeToo Movement and a nationwide dialog about males who took benefit of their energy and standing to prey on others. The following 12 months, Mr. Weinstein was indicted on rape and prison sexual act expenses in Manhattan.

By now, greater than 90 ladies have accused Mr. Weinstein of sexual misconduct or assault. He has maintained that he engaged solely in consensual sexual exercise.

After being discovered responsible in early 2020, he was sentenced to 23 years in jail. (He has filed an enchantment asking that the conviction be reversed.) If he have been to be convicted in Los Angeles, Mr. Weinstein would serve any ensuing sentence in California after ending out his jail time period in New York.

Mr. Weinstein’s authorized workforce fought laborious to preserve him in New York, arguing amongst different issues that he had extreme medical points that made a cross-country journey a danger to his well being. They have been in a position to efficiently delay his switch for months throughout the pandemic and as New York started its restoration.

But in June, an Erie County prosecutor, Colleen Curtin Gable, argued in courtroom that Mr. Weinstein had declined medical therapy a number of instances. At that look, Justice Kenneth Case of the New York State Supreme Court dominated that Mr. Weinstein could possibly be transferred.

Mark J. Werksman, Mr. Weinstein’s lawyer in Los Angeles, stated he ​anticipated that Mr. Weinstein can be taken to the Los Angeles County jail and can be arraigned on Wednesday or Thursday on the newest. Los Angeles prosecutors have 120 days to convey Mr. Weinstein to trial, below the phrases of interstate extradition guidelines.

Mr. Werksman had requested a California choose to resolve whether or not it might be lawful for Mr. Weinstein to be transported to the state, however stated that the district legal professional’s workplace had not waited for that call earlier than taking custody of the previous producer.

The district legal professional’s workplace responded to Mr. Werksman’s request by saying that the Los Angeles County sheriff’s division was able to offering Mr. Weinstein with the mandatory medical care.