Harvey Weinstein Extradited to California to Face Additional Charges

Yesterday Harvey Weinstein was moved to California following a court order filed in New York. Weinstein is in custody in Los Angeles County and his attorneys anticipate that he will be arraigned today. He faces a total of 11 counts of sexual assault in Los Angeles County involving five women. The charges include four counts of forcible rape, four counts of forcible oral copulation, two counts of sexual battery by restraint and one count of sexual penetration by use of force for assaults that took place between 2004 and 2013. Last month, a judge in New York approved the extradition to California so that he could face the charges.

Last year, Weinstein was found guilty of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape. He is serving a 23 year prison sentence at a maximum security prison outside of Buffalo. Attorneys for the 69 year old have said that his lengthy sentence is a ‘de facto life’ sentence due to his declining health and his legal team filed an appeal earlier this year stating that a biased judge and biased juror tainted the trial.