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Thursday, 23 September 2021

Harvey Weinstein to face more rape charges in LA

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Harvey Weinstein to face more rape charges in LA
Harvey Weinstein to face more rape charges in LA

Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was extradited from New York to Los Angeles on Tuesday to face trial on rape and sexual assault charges.

Gloria Tso reports.

Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was extradited from New York to Los Angeles on Tuesday to face his second trial for rape and sexual assault charges.

He is wanted for trial in Los Angeles on 11 charges ranging from 2004 to 2013, including forcible rape and sexual battery by restraint.

Weinstein was first convicted of rape and sexual assault in New York last February and sentenced to 23 years in jail.

He was one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood before over 80 women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against him in 2017.

Those allegations ultimately led to criminal charges and fueled the wider #MeToo movement.

Los Angeles police said Tuesday Weinstein had arrived and would be medically cleared before being booked into custody.

He had been fighting extradition on medical grounds, citing diabetes and cardiac, back and eyesight problems. Weinstein's spokesman said Tuesday, quote, "We will be fighting so that Harvey can receive his needed medical care and of course, so that he can be treated fairly." No date was given for his first appearance in court.

If convicted, Weinstein could spend the rest of his life in prison.

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