Harvey Weinstein Released by New York Prison, Extradited to California for More Charges

Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein, 69, was released from a New York prison Tuesday, where he is serving a 23-year sentence after being convicted for rape, to be extradited to California to face more sexual assault charges.

Lawyers for Weinstein tried to delay his extradition by negotiating a waiver, his spokesperson Juda Engelmayer said, the Associated Press reported. His lawyer Norman Effman said Weinstein should stay at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York, to receive medical treatment for ailments such as a loss of eyesight. Weinstein was charged in January 2020 with 11 counts of sexual assault in California before his conviction in New York City.

"The opportunity to hold Weinstein accountable for his actions in California gives voice to the survivors including my client, Jane Doe 4," said Elizabeth Fegan, a lawyer of one of Weinstein's accusers, in a statement.

Engelmayer said "Due process, presumption of innocence and a fair trial are all still his [Weinstein's] right."

Weinstein asserts he is innocent and is appealing his conviction after being charged with raping an aspiring actress in 2013 in Manhattan and forcing oral sex on a TV and film production assistant at his Manhattan residence in 2006.

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Harvey Weinstein was released by a New York prison to be extradited to California where he will face more charges. In this photo, Weinstein enters a Manhattan court house as a jury continues with deliberations in his trial on February 24, 2020 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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New York prison officials handed over Weinstein for transport to California on Tuesday to face additional sexual assault charges, ending the former movie producer's protracted fight to delay his extradition.

Weinstein was released by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision at about 9:25 a.m., a department statement said.

His spokesperson, Juda Engelmayer, said Weinstein's lawyers had still been trying to negotiate an extradition waiver but the transfer was expected "at some point."

"We will be fighting so that Harvey can receive his needed medical care and of course, so that he can be treated fairly," Engelmayer said.

Details of Weinstein's travels were not immediately known.

A New York judge denied his lawyers' request to keep him at a state prison until the start of jury selection in the Los Angeles case.

Effman argued he should remain in Wende Correctional Facility's hospital-like maximum-security setting while receiving treatment for his maladies.

Weinstein's California charges involve five women, stemming from alleged assaults in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013. The charges include rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint and sexual penetration by use of force.

Weinstein contends that any sexual activity was consensual.

His transfer was repeatedly delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as legal arguments over paperwork and his medical needs.

Fegan said the survivors "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."

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Harvey Weinstein faces charges in California, including rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint and sexual penetration by use of force. Above, Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for jury deliberations in his rape trial in New York on February 24, 2020. Seth Wenig/AP Photo