Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been extradited from New York to California to face trial on rape and assault expenses, his spokesman and the New York Division of Corrections say.
Weinstein was convicted in New York in February 2020 for sexual assault and rape and was sentenced to 23 years in jail.
In Los Angeles, he’s needed for trial on expenses of attacking 5 girls from 2004 to 2013.
If convicted, Weinstein might spend the remainder of his life in jail.
“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 court docket order,” the New York Division of Corrections mentioned in a press release.
Weinstein, 69, is interesting his New York conviction and sentence, and has denied having non-consensual intercourse with anybody.
He has been combating extradition to California on medical grounds, citing diabetes and cardiac, again and eyesight issues.
“We will probably be combating in order that Harvey can obtain his wanted medical care and naturally, in order that he may be handled pretty. Due course of, presumption of innocence and a good trial are all nonetheless his proper,” his spokesman Juda Engelmayer mentioned in a press release on Tuesday.
Weinstein was some of the highly effective film and TV producers in Hollywood earlier than allegations by greater than 80 girls of sexual misconduct in 2017 led to legal expenses and fuelled the broader MeToo motion.
He co-founded the Miramax movie studio, whose hit motion pictures included Shakespeare in Love and Pulp Fiction.
His personal eponymous movie studio filed for chapter in March 2018.