Harvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to L.A. From Upstate New York to Face Additional Sex Crime Charges

Harvey Weinstein will be extradited to Los Angeles to face a new set of sex crime charges.

The former movie producer appeared in court virtually on Tuesday as a judge cleared away a petition from his defense team opposing the extradition.

BREAKING: #HarveyWeinstein will be extradited to Los Angeles to face sex crimes charges—finally. Decision comes after a NY Judge knocked down a petition from Weinstein's defense team.

Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence in Buffalo for similar crimes.

— Pilar Melendez (@pbmelendez) June 15, 2021

According to the LA Times, Weinstein's defense team has spent months attempting to challenge the extradition, alleging that his paperwork was done incorrectly, and questions about his health were also a concern.

Weinstein is currently receiving medical treatments in New York and his defense claims he should be able to continue receiving his treatment. The LA Times reported that Attorney Norman Effman has said Weinstein is being held in a medical wing at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y.

Weinstein reportedly has two surgeries scheduled in New York to deal with a number of severe medical issues. The Times added that Weinstein's defense attorneys have said he is also nearly blind.

However, prosecutors argued that his treatments can be given anywhere.

According to Fox News, when his attorneys asked that Weinstein remain in New York for medical purposes, Erie County assistant district attorney Colleen Gable responded, "It's Los Angeles. It's not some remote outpost that doesn't have medical care."

Erie County Judge Kenneth Case denied the request, and Weinstein is now expected to be transferred to California between the end of June and mid-July, according to L.A. County authorities.

This extradition will set the stage for a second trial, which will focus on his alleged repetitive pattern of sexual abuse.

In March 2020, the movie mogul was sentenced to 23 years in prison after being found guilty of 5 counts of rape and sexual assault, including rape and sexual battery involving five incidents that allegedly took place as early as 2004.

Weinstein is now facing a total of 11 charges, including forcible rape and sexual battery in Los Angeles, all linked to five women Weinstein allegedly assaulted between 2005 and 2013, prosecutors said.

According to Forbes, Los Angeles authorities have been trying to get Weinstein moved to LA to stand trial for his alleged crimes since last year after he was previously sentenced for similar crimes in New York.

A woman named Lauren Young is the only accuser whose identity has been made public. The LA Times reported that more than 80 women in the U.S. and Europe have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual abuse.

Weinstein has continued to deny any and all accusations against him.

Many reports claim that the Weinstein scandal, first exposed in 2017 after a New York Times investigation, ignited the social media flame for the #MeToo Movement, a global phenomenon that inspired victims of sexual abuse to share their experiences.

Newsweek reached out to Erie County Judge Kenneth Case for comment.

Update 06/15/21 - 3:50 p.m. - This story has been updated with additional information.

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Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court, on Feb. 24, 2020 in New York City. The jury in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial hinted it was struggling to reach agreement on the most serious charge of predatory sexual assault as day four of deliberations ended Feb. 21, 2020 without a verdict. He is now set to be extradited to L.A. facing additional sex crime charges by the end of June or early July. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images