Harvey Weinstein may soon be extradited to Los Angeles where prosecutors are waiting to charge him on more allegations of sexual assault, according to news reports.
Currently held at the Wende Correctional Facility in Buffalo, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison in New York after being convicted of a criminal sex act and third-degree rape in 2020.
But the disgraced film titan faces another legal battle in California as well, where prosecutors want to charge him with assaulting five women in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013, according to the Associated Press. He was indicted by a grand jury in California on March 15th.
Judge Kenneth Case of Erie County Court said at a court hearing Friday that Weinstein could be extradited to California as soon as May 30th, according to the New York Times. Previous attempts to extradite Weinstein, who is 69 years old, were delayed because of health reasons—Weinstein had COVID-19 in March and his lawyers say he’s going to undergo two medical procedures, an eye surgery and a dental procedure, and that he’s “almost technically blind,” the AP said.
In California Weinstein faces “four counts each of forcible oral copulation and forcible rape, two counts of sexual battery by restraint and one count of sexual penetration by use of force, for crimes dating from 2004 to 2013 involving five different women,” the Times reported, adding “At this point, more than 90 women have accused him of sexual misconduct or assault. He has said that any sexual activity he engaged in was consensual.”
A lawyer for Weinstein, Mark Werksman, told the Times, “We are eager to defend Harvey against these spurious charges, but not unless he is first allowed a fair and lawful extradition process.” His lawyers said they plan to file a new motion to challenge the extradition order. Governor Andrew Cuomo could also intervene to stop the extradition though the Times reported “(t)here has been no indication that Mr. Cuomo plans to intervene.”
Weinstein has appealed his New York convictions. If convicted in California, he would serve any additional prison time on top of his 23-year sentence.