Los Angeles, Jul 21 (AP): New York jail officers have handed convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein over to California to face further sexual assault costs, ending the previous film mogul’s prolonged combat to delay his extradition.
Weinstein, 69, was booked right into a downtown Los Angeles jail Tuesday afternoon, data confirmed. He may very well be arraigned on 11 sexual assault counts, together with 4 counts of rape, as early as Wednesday morning, in response to his LA lawyer, Mark Werksman. The district lawyer’s workplace had no rapid remark.
Weinstein’s legal professionals had been making an attempt to barter to cease the switch, however it had been anticipated to occur quickly, his spokesperson Juda Engelmayer mentioned.
“We will be fighting so that Harvey can receive his needed medical care and of course, so that he can be treated fairly,” Engelmayer mentioned. “Due process, presumption of innocence and a fair trial are all still his right.” A New York decide in June authorised Weinstein’s extradition to California, denying his legal professionals’ request to maintain him at a state jail close to Buffalo, the place he’s serving a 23-year sentence for a rape conviction final yr, till the beginning of jury choice within the Los Angeles case.
Weinstein’s lawyer, Norman Effman, argued he ought to stay within the New York facility’s hospital-like maximum-security setting whereas receiving remedy for well being issues together with lack of eyesight.
Weinstein’s time in custody in California will depend towards his New York sentence, officers mentioned.
Weinstein was charged in January 2020 with 11 sexual assault counts in California involving 5 ladies, stemming from allegations in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013. The fees embody rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint and sexual penetration by use of drive.
Weinstein maintains his innocence and contends that any sexual exercise was consensual.
The California costs have been introduced shortly earlier than Weinstein’s conviction in New York Metropolis on costs that he raped an aspiring actress in 2013 in a Manhattan lodge room and forcibly carried out oral intercourse on a TV and movie manufacturing assistant in 2006 at his Manhattan house.
He’s interesting that conviction.
A lawyer for one in every of Weinstein’s accusers applauded Tuesday’s switch, which was repeatedly delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to authorized arguments over paperwork and his medical wants.
“The opportunity to hold Weinstein accountable for his actions in California gives voice to the survivors including my client, Jane Doe 4,” lawyer Elizabeth Fegan mentioned in an announcement. “They deserve to be heard and to have Weinstein answer 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 – securing justice for women everywhere.” (AP) DIV DIV
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