New York (AFP)
Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been serving a 23-year sentence for sexual assault in New York City since 2020, was on Tuesday in Los Angeles for a second trial in which he will face new charges.
The 69-year-old was released from prison in Wende, upstate New York, shortly before 9:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m. GMT) and was handed “to appropriate officials to be transported to the state of California upon decision. justice, ”a spokesperson for the New York prison authorities said in a statement.
Weinstein’s lawyers had argued for weeks against the transfer on medical grounds.
But in June, New York judge Kenneth Case rejected their arguments and gave the green light to his transfer.
The once-all-powerful Hollywood producer is accused in Los Angeles of raping and sexually assaulting five women, which could put him in jail for up to another 140 years.
He has always denied the accusations, both in New York and Los Angeles, saying his accusers consented to them.
At the beginning of April, he officially appealed his conviction for rape and sexual assault in New York, which was returned to him in March 2020 after a high-profile trial in Manhattan, considered a major victory for the movement # MeToo.
In total, nearly 90 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.
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