Harvey Weinstein has been extradited to California to face extra intercourse assault costs, New York jail officers mentioned.
The previous Hollywood producer was convicted and sentenced to 23 years in a New York jail final yr for rape and sexual assault.
He’s wished for trial in Los Angeles, California, on costs of allegedly attacking 5 ladies between 2004 and 2013.
Prosecutors in Los Angeles had requested for the disgraced producer to be moved in July 2020 however it was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Weinstein’s authorized crew tried to dam the extradition on well being grounds and appealed the choice.
The 69-year-old had suffered from cardiac, dental and again issues however on 15 June Erie County Court docket Decide Kenneth Case dismissed his enchantment, paving the best way for Weinstein to be moved west.
“This morning at roughly 9.25 custody of Mr Harvey Weinstein was handed over to the suitable officers for transport to the state of California per a courtroom order,” the New York Division of Corrections mentioned in a press release.
The Los Angeles costs embody forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint, and sexual penetration by use of pressure.
If convicted, Weinstein may spend the remainder of his life in jail.
His spokesman, Juda Engelmayer, mentioned: “We can be preventing in order that Harvey can obtain his wanted medical care and naturally, in order that he could be handled pretty.
“Due course of, presumption of innocence and a good trial are all nonetheless his proper.”
Weinstein can be interesting his New York conviction and sentence and has denied having non-consensual intercourse with anybody.
Weinstein was probably the most highly effective film and TV producers in Hollywood earlier than allegations by greater than 80 ladies of sexual misconduct in 2017 led to legal costs and fuelled the broader #MeToo motion.
He co-founded the Miramax movie studio, whose hit films included “Shakespeare in Love” and “Pulp Fiction.”