ALDEN, NY (AP) – New York prison officials on Tuesday handed over convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein to his transportation to California to face additional charges of sexual assault.
The disgraced film producer was released by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision at around 9:25 a.m., according to a department statement, ending his lawyers’ protracted fight to keep him at bay. New York.
His spokesman, Judah Engelmayer, said Weinstein’s lawyers were still trying to negotiate an extradition waiver, but the transfer was expected “at some point.”
“We will fight so that Harvey can receive the medical care he needs and of course, so that he can be treated fairly,” Engelmayer said. “Due process, the presumption of innocence and a fair trial are always his right. “
Details of Weinstein’s travels were not immediately known.
A New York judge approved Weinstein’s extradition to California in June, rejecting his lawyers’ request to keep him in state prison near Buffalo – where he is serving a 23-year sentence on a rape conviction last year – until the start of the jury selection in the case of Los Angeles.
Weinstein’s attorney, Norman Effman, argued that he should remain in the hospital-like maximum security facility in Wende while receiving treatment for illnesses, including vision loss.
Weinstein, 69, was charged in January 2020 with 11 counts of sexual assault in California involving five women, resulting from alleged assaults in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013. The charges include rape, Forced oral copulation, forced sexual violence and forced sexual penetration.
The California charges were announced shortly before Weinstein’s conviction in New York City for raping an aspiring actress in 2013 in a Manhattan hotel room and forcibly performing oral sex on a television and film production assistant in 2006 in his Manhattan apartment.
He is appealing against this conviction.
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