The former Hollywood mogul faces extradition to California despite a lawyer arguing he needs medical attention in New York.
Former convicted film producer Harvey Weinstein may be extradited to California of New York to face rape and sexual assault charges, a New York judge ruled on Tuesday.
Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case rejected Weinstein’s attorney’s arguments that the documents needed to move Weinstein were not in order and that Weinstein should stay in New York City to seek medical treatment appropriate.
Fox News quoted Erie County Assistant District Attorney Colleen Gable as saying, “This is Los Angeles. It is not a remote outpost that does not have medical care.
“We are disappointed with the judge’s ruling,” Weinstein attorney Mark Werksman told Reuters in an email.
“We are appealing his decision in New York and we have filed a habeas corpus motion in the Los Angeles Superior Court to prevent the Los Angeles District Attorney from transporting Mr. Weinstein to Los Angeles until he can get the medical care he needs in New York City, ”Werksman added.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office was not immediately available for comment.
The charges against Weinstein in California result from alleged sexual assaults on five women from 2004 to 2013 in the Los Angeles area.
He faces an 11-count indictment in Los Angeles for four counts of forced rape, four counts of forced oral copulation, two counts of coercive sexual assault and one count of sexual penetration through use of strength.
Weinstein is serving 23 years in prison following his Conviction in February 2020 in Manhattan for sexually assaulting a production assistant in 2006 and third-degree rape of an aspiring actress in 2013.
His conviction was considered a historic victory for the #MeToo movement, which aims to hold powerful men accountable for sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and rape.
Weinstein has denied having had non-consensual sex with anyone.
Over 100 women, many from the film industry, having accused Weinstein of inappropriate sexual behavior. Many say more needs to be done to address sexual misconduct in the workplace.