The former Hollywood mogul faces extradition to California despite the lawyer’s arguments that he needs medical attention in New York.
Former film producer Harvey Weinstein convicted may be extradited to California from New York to face rape and sexual assault charges, a New York judge ruled Tuesday.
Erie County Judge Kenneth Case rejected Weinstein’s attorney’s arguments that the proceedings to move Weinstein were not in order and that Weinstein should remain in New York for medical attention. adequate.
Fox News quoted District Attorney Colleen Gable, an assistant to Erie County, as saying, “It’s Los Angeles. There is no remote outpost that does not have medical care. “
“We are disappointed by the judge’s ruling,” Weinstein’s lawyer Mark Werksman told Reuters via email.
“We are appealing his decision in New York and have filed a petition for habeas corpus in the Los Angeles Superior Court to prevent the Los Angeles District Attorney from transporting Mr. Weinstein to Los Angeles until he can receive the medical care you need in New York, ”Werksman added.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office was not immediately available for comment.
The charges against Weinstein in California are the result of alleged sexual assaults on five women from 2004 to 2013 in the Los Angeles area.
He faces an 11-count indictment in Los Angeles on charges of four counts of forced rape, four counts of forced oral intercourse, two counts of sexual assault by restriction and one of sexual penetration by use of force.
Weinstein is serving a 23-year prison sentence after his Conviction in February 2020 in Manhattan for sexually assaulting a production assistant in 2006 and raping a third-degree aspiring actress in 2013.
His conviction was seen as an iconic victory by the #MeToo movement, which aims to hold powerful men accountable for sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and rape.
Weinstein has denied having sex without consent with anyone.
More than 100 women, many from the film industry, they have accused Weinstein of inappropriate sexual behaviors. Many say more needs to be done to combat sexual misconduct in professional settings.