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Harvey Weinstein extradited to Los Angeles to face new sexual assault charges


Lawyer Norman Effman has confirmed to CNN that Weinstein is now in Los Angeles County custody and his attorneys anticipate he will be brought to justice on Wednesday.

Weinstein, the disgraced former film producer, faces a total of 11 sexual assault counts in Los Angeles County involving five women.

Last month, a New York judge approved extradition to Los Angeles County so the jailed former film producer could face new charges of sexual assault.

Weinstein was convicted last year in New York of first-degree felony sex act and third-degree rape. He is serving a 23-year sentence in a maximum security prison outside of Buffalo, state records show.
The 69-year-old is in poor health and his lawyers have denounced the long sentence as a de facto life sentence. His legal team appealed earlier this year, saying a biased judge and juror tainted the trial.

The charges in Los Angeles County include four counts of forced rape, four counts of forced oral copulation, two counts of coercive sexual assault and one count of forcible sexual penetration. The alleged assaults took place between 2004 and 2013.

He was originally charged in Los Angeles County in January 2020 with sexually assaulting two women in separate incidents over a two-day period in 2013. In April, prosecutors added an additional charge that stemmed from a alleged incident at a Beverly Hills hotel in May 2010., and in October, prosecutors added six new charges.

He denied the allegations, according to his spokesman Judah Engelmayer.

“Harvey Weinstein has always maintained that each of his physical encounters throughout his life was consensual. That hasn’t changed,” Engelmayer said.

The court hearing comes more than three years after investigative articles from The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed Weinstein’s alleged history of sexual abuse, harassment and secret settlements as he used his influence as a Hollywood broker to take advantage of young women.

The revelations led a wave of women to speak publicly about the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and harassment in what is known as the #MeToo movement.

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