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Judge tells Harvey Weinstein over Zoom to prepare for extradition to Los Angeles


Harvey Weinstein is running out of legal avenues to stop his extradition to Los Angeles, where he faces 11 charges of rape and sexual assault. 

The disgraced media mogul is currently serving a 23-year sentence at a maximum security prison near Buffalo, New York, after he was found guilty of rape and sexual assault in March 2020.

Weinstein was pictured on a virtual Zoom hearing on Friday morning from prison in New York, during which Erie County Judge Kenneth Case indicated he would be sent to Los Angeles in 30 days – on May 30, 2021 – to face further charges.

The 69-year-old’s lawyers have sought to delay their client’s extradition to Los Angeles for as long as possible, making the case that he should stay in one place for treatment for a range of health issuers.

Last month, they argued that extradition papers were not in order, and he was given a brief reprieve from extradition.

However, unless embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo intervenes or he successfully contends the arrest, Weinstein appears destined to be sent to LA.

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Weinstein was pictured on a virtual hearing on Friday morning in New York, during which Erie County Judge Kenneth Case indicated he would be sent to Los Angeles in 30 days – on May 30. Pictured: Harvey Weinstein appears from prison, during a virtual hearing regarding possible extradition to California to face further sexual assault charges, before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case in Buffalo, New York, U.S. April 30, 2021

‘We don’t need to come back,’ the judge said during Friday’s hearing. ‘He has 30 days to contest the arrest or have the governor disapprove of the transfer.’

Attorney Norman Effman told the judge that he will file paperwork within the next 30 days that will likely require another court appearance concerning Weinstein’s extradition.

Weinstein has been at the Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo since last spring after being convicted in New York City of a criminal sex act and third-degree rape.

Los Angeles prosecutors are seeking his transfer on charges of assaulting five women in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013.

There, he faces 11 counts of rape a sexual assault, which could in theory carry a maximum sentence of 140 years. 

Weinstein spoke only to greet and thank the judge as he appeared remotely from a prison conference room for the hearing, which, Erie County Assistant District Attorney Colleen Curtin Gable said should start a 30-day clock.

Judge Kenneth Case agreed, noting that only a challenge from Weinstein or an objection from the governor would halt the process.

Harvey Weinstein appears from prison, during a virtual hearing regarding possible extradition to California to face further sexual assault charges, before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case in Buffalo, New York, U.S. April 30, 2021

Harvey Weinstein appears from prison, during a virtual hearing regarding possible extradition to California to face further sexual assault charges, before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case in Buffalo, New York, U.S. April 30, 2021

‘I can tell you I intend to file and I will do it as quickly as possible,’ his attorney, Norman Effman, said. He did not say what would be in the filing.

Weinstein initially was charged in California in a criminal complaint, and then indicted by a grand jury on March 15.

He maintains his innocence and contends that any sexual activity was consensual.

Effman earlier requested a ‘humanitarian’ delay of Weinstein’s already pandemic-delayed extradition to attend to his medical needs, but the request was denied by California prosecutors. 

Weinstein, the lawyer said, is scheduled to undergo two medical procedures, an eye surgery and a dental procedure.

He said earlier this month that Weinstein is ‘almost technically blind’ and has lost four teeth while behind bars. He also survived a bout with the coronavirus in March.

A jury found Weinstein guilty of raping an aspiring actress in a New York City hotel room in 2013 and sexually assaulting a production assistant at his apartment in 2006 by forcibly performing oral sex on her.

The disgraced media mogul is currently serving a 23-year sentence at a maximum security prison near Buffalo, New York, after he was found guilty of rape and sexual assault in March 2020. Pictured: Weinstein attends court on January 28, 2020

The disgraced media mogul is currently serving a 23-year sentence at a maximum security prison near Buffalo, New York, after he was found guilty of rape and sexual assault in March 2020. Pictured: Weinstein attends court on January 28, 2020

The Hollywood producer’s lawyers have appealed his 2020 conviction.

Weinstein was acquitted of first-degree rape and two counts of predatory sexual assault stemming from actor Annabella Sciorra’s allegations of a mid-1990s rape.

Accusations against Weinstein in 2017 were seen by many as being the spark for the #MeeToo movement, that led to countless women across the globe coming out and sharing their experiences of sexual abuse – both in the workplace and at home.



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