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Harvey Weinstein Will Face Rape Charges In Los Angeles

A judge approved Harvey Weinstein’s extradition yesterday.

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Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein, who was once a Hollywood power player and an Oscar winning producer, will need to face even more rape charges in Los Angeles. A New York judge approved his extradition to California in a hearing held on Tuesday. Harvey Weinstein, 69, is currently serving a 23 year prison sentence in the Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York. He was convicted already of sexually assaulting former Project Runway production assistant Miriam Haleyi and raping former actress Jessica Mann.

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers are, of course, not happy with the court’s ruling. “We are disappointed in this decision today,” Mark Werksman, Weinstein’s defense attorney, said in a statement reported by NBC. “Just now, Mr. Weinstein’s attorney filed a writ of Habeas Corpus in the LA county Superior Court. We are asking the court to hold off the extradition of Mr. Weinstein to Los Angeles until he can receive his needed medical care here in New York.”

Elizabeth Fegan, the attorney for Jane Doe 4 in the Los Angeles case, is not having any of it. Calling the decision to extradite Weinstein “excellent news,” she added that, “He has used every excuse for delay — time’s up! He will have to answer again for his horrific sexual abuse.”

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It was revealed in April that Weinstein had been secretly indicted in Los Angeles County. There he stands charged with 11 counts of sexual assault in the State of California. These assaults involve five women committed in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013. The charges include rape, forcible oral copulation and sexual battery by restraint and sexual penetration by use of force.

Last October the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office revealed six new charges against Weinstein including three counts of forcible rape and three counts of forcible oral copulation. If convicted in Los Angeles, Harvey Weinstein could be sent to jail there to serve whatever sentence immediately after he gets out of jail in New York. That is if he ever does get out of jail.

Weinstein’s spokesman, Juda Engelmayer, told CNN at the time that, “Harvey Weinstein has always maintained that every one of his physical encounters throughout his entire life have been consensual. That hasn’t changed.”



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