More trouble brews for disgraced movie mogul; Harvey Weinstein. He is set to face a second trial in Los Angeles over his alleged sexual misconduct.
A New York judge ruled on Tuesday that Weinstein would be extradited to California to stand trial for sexual assault.
Weinstein’s lawyers filed a motion to block his transfer to California, arguing he is receiving important medical treatment related to his poor health and that the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office did not file appropriate legal paperwork, but the case was rejected in the motion on Tuesday.
Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year sentence in New York after being convicted of third-degree rape and other criminal sex acts in 2020 and is expected to be taken to California in July.
His legal team in April filed to appeal his New York conviction, which Weinstein will fight as he undergoes the second trial in California. Los Angeles County authorities have been trying to get Weinstein back to California since last year to face charges of sexually assaulting five additional women. In April, Weinstein was indicted on 11 counts of sexual assault, including charges like forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery, and sexual penetration by force. The alleged assaults took place in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills between 2005 and 2013, according to prosecutors. Weinstein maintains he is innocent and that all his sexual encounters have been consensual.
In 2017, The New Yorker and the New York Times published women’s allegations against Weinstein. It helped kick off the #MeToo movement, which later led to a wider national reckoning of sexual misconduct by powerful men across industries. He was arrested and charged with rape in New York in 2018.
Meanwhile, Erie County prosecutors said California authorities indicated they would initiate Weinstein’s transfer during the first half of July. But if he is found guilty on the Los Angeles charges, Weinstein faces an additional 25 years behind bars.