Harvey Weinstein was transferred early Tuesday morning to California by court order, for a retrial to face further sexual assault charges, ending the former movie mogul’s long struggle for delay his extradition.
Weinstein, 69, was held in a downtown Los Angeles jail on Tuesday afternoon, records show. He could face 11 counts of sexual assault, including four counts of rape, as early as Wednesday morning, according to his LA lawyer Mark Werksman. The prosecutor’s office made no immediate comment.
Last month, a New York judge approved extradition to Los Angeles County so the jailed former film producer could face new charges of sexual assault.
Weinstein was convicted last year in New York of first-degree felony sex act and third-degree rape. He is serving a 23-year sentence in a maximum security prison outside of Buffalo, state records show.
Weinstein’s attorney, Norman Effman, argued he should remain in the maximum security setting similar to a New York City hospital while receiving treatment for health issues, including vision loss.
Weinstein’s time in California detention will count towards his New York sentence, officials said.
The California charges were announced shortly before Weinstein’s conviction in New York City for raping an aspiring actress in 2013 in a Manhattan hotel room and forcibly performing oral sex on a television and film production assistant in 2006 in his Manhattan apartment. He is appealing against this conviction.
A lawyer for one of Weinstein’s accusers applauded Tuesday’s transfer, which has been repeatedly delayed by the coronavirus pandemic as well as legal arguments over paperwork and his medical needs.
“The Opportunity to Hold Weinstein Accountable for His Actions in California Empowers Survivors, Including My Client, Jane Doe 4”lawyer Elizabeth Fegan said in a statement.
“They deserve to be heard and that Weinstein be held accountable for his actions. Our hope is that a guilty verdict in California will ensure that Harvey Weinstein will spend the rest of his life behind bars, ensuring justice for women around the world ”, he added.