Harvey Weinstein extradited to California for sex crimes, trial
Film mogul turned convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein was en route to California on Tuesday, ending his long efforts to avoid or delay extradition to face new sex crimes charges in Los Angeles County.
“This morning at around 9:25 am, custody of Mr. Harvey Weinstein was handed over to the appropriate authorities for his transport to the State of California by court order,” read a statement from the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision of New York State. sent to USA TODAY.
Weinstein spokesman Judah Engelmayer said Weinstein and his legal team were “disappointed” after failing to negotiate a deal with prosecutors last month to drop the transfer.
“We are disappointed that LA DA did not wait for the judge’s decision, but we expected that to happen at some point,” the statement said. “We will fight so that Harvey can receive the medical care he needs and of course, so that he can be treated fairly.
“Due process, the presumption of innocence and a fair trial are always his right.”
Weinstein, 69, faces 11 counts of sexual assault, including forced rape, against five women during dating in Beverly Hills hotels dating back to 2004.
He was at the Wende Correctional Center near Buffalo, New York, where he is serving a 23-year sentence after being convicted of two sex crimes in Manhattan in 2020, including first-degree sexual assault and third-degree rape. .
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Weinstein’s attorneys have said he accepts he will eventually be transferred to Los Angeles, but has sought to delay extradition to continue medical treatment for various ailments, at least until jury selection in a trial in Los Angeles begins.
But an Erie County judge gave the green light on June 15, and prosecutors said the likely transfer date would be by mid-July. This followed a series of hearings starting in 2020 in which Weinstein’s legal team managed to get the judge to accept delays.
Once Weinstein arrives in Los Angeles, prosecutors must bring him to justice within 120 days, according to Greg Risling, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, George Gascón.
There was no immediate word on where he will be held pending trial.
Some of Weinstein’s many accusers and enemies in the #MeToo movement celebrated the move. Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred, who represented some of her accusers in the New York trial and also represents two accusers in the Los Angeles case, said her extradition was “long overdue.”
“Justice has been delayed in Los Angeles but it will not be denied to the courageous accusers who are ready to testify in this criminal case,” she said in a statement to USA TODAY.
Elizabeth Fegan, the lawyer for several accusers, including one in the Los Angeles case, said her clients were applauding the development.
“The opportunity to hold Weinstein accountable for his actions in California gives a voice to survivors,” she said in a statement to USA TODAY. “They deserve to be heard and to hold Weinstein 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 the women of the world. whole. “
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