Harvey Weinstein leaves the courtroom in New York City with attorney Benjamin Brafman before the New York State Supreme Court on October 11, 2018.
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Harvey Weinstein, the once prominent film producer convicted of rape last year, was extradited from New York on Tuesday to face sexual assault charges in Los Angeles.
Weinstein, who is currently serving a 23-year sentence in New York State, is charged with rape, sexual harassment and other crimes in connection with five incidents that allegedly occurred between 2004 and 2013.
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His lawyers fought extradition to Los Angeles last year, citing, among other things, his poor health.
But Erie County, New York, Judge Kenneth Case ultimately dismissed her arguments on Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Weinstein, 69, is unlikely to move to California until July at the earliest.
Weinstein faces up to 140 years in prison if convicted in the Los Angeles case.
Weinstein became the face of the #MeToo movement in 2017 after The New Yorker magazine and the New York Times published articles describing allegations by women alleging that he committed rampant sexual misconduct against them.
The entertainment company co-founder Miramax was convicted by the Manhattan Supreme Court in February 2020 of a first-degree sexual act against production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and third-degree rape for assaulting aspiring actress Jessica Mann in a hotel room in 2013.
Weinstein’s lawyers appealed his conviction in April.
During his career, Weinstein has produced award-winning films such as Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love and Gangs of New York.