Harvey Weinstein extradited to Los Angeles on sexual assault charge

Harvey Weinstein extradited to Los Angeles on sexual assault charge

Imprisoned ex-filmmaker Harvey Weinstein, who is serving a 23-year sentence for rape and sexual assault in New York, may be transferred to Los Angeles, a judge ruled Tuesday, paving the way for a new trial on additional charges.

Lawyers for Weinstein, who was found guilty in a landmark sentence for the #MeToo movement last year, had argued against the transfer for weeks, mainly on medical grounds.

However, Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case dismissed the arguments and gave the green light to the transfer during a video hearing.

While no date has been set, Los Angeles prosecutors expect Weinstein to be removed from the Erie County jail sometime between late June and mid-July, a spokeswoman for the county prosecutor said.

At the end of the hearing, Weinstein put his head in his hands.

The 69-year-old former Hollywood mogul is charged in Los Angeles with raping and assaulting five women, making him eligible for a prison term of up to 140 years.

Weinstein denies all charges and has always maintained that his contacts with the women who initiated the New York and Los Angeles cases against him were mutually agreed.

Weinstein appealed the rape and sexual assault convictions in New York in April.

In all, nearly 90 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.

(AFP)