ruled Tuesday that Harvey Weinstein
, a convicted sex offender, will be extradited from New York
to Los Angeles
to face additional sex crime
Attorneys for the disgraced Hollywood
mogul, who is currently serving a 23-year sentence for rape
charges in an Erie County prison
, have argued that Weinstein, 69, should remain in his current correctional facility because it is better equipped to deal
with his myriad health
issues than a Los Angeles jail is. Instead, they proposed, Weinstein would appear before the court virtually until it's tainted.
On Tuesday, Judge Kenneth Case ruled in favor of Erie County officials by “respectfully denying” the petition.
“This is Los Angeles, not some remote outpost with no medical care,” argued Assistant District Attorney
Colleen Curtin Gable.
Weinstein would most likely be transferred in late June or early July, according to the prosecutors.
According to a representative for Weinstein, his legal team is “disappointed in this decision” and is asking the court to postpone the extradition
until Weinstein receives various medical treatments in New York.
The former producer, who was sentenced to prison in New York in March 2020, faces charges that he sexually assaulted five women
in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, accusations he has consistently denied; the charges surfaced last year after an unnamed Italian model told Los Angeles police
that Weinstein had sexually assaulted her in 2017.
Lauren Young, another accuser in the Los Angeles case, claims Weinstein drew her to his Beverly Hills hotel room in 2013, grabbed her breast, and masturbated in front of her in 2013.
Weinstein's lawyers argued in April
that the 23-year sentence was "unduly harsh and excessive" in his New York trial
Weinstein has been accused of sexual assault
by more than 80 women in the United States