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Disgraced Hollywood producer and convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein has been extradited from New York to California to face another trial based on sexual assault allegations.
"This morning at approximately 9:25 custody of Mr. Harvey Weinstein was handed over to the appropriate officials for transport to the state of California per a court order," the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said in a Tuesday statement obtained by Oxygen.com.
Prosecutors in Los Angeles want to try Weinstein for allegedly attacking five women from 2004 to 2013, NBC News reports. He has been charged with forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint, and sexual penetration by use of force.
Weinstein, 69, was convicted in New York in February 2020 for sexual assault and rape; he was sentenced to 23 years in prison as a result. He is currently attempting to appeal that conviction, claiming that he's never had non-consensual sex.
Weinstein's lawyers attempted to fight the move, citing his diabetes and other apparent health issues, NBC News reports.
"Harvey Weinstein has always maintained that every one of his physical encounters throughout his entire life have been consensual. That hasn't changed," said his spokesperson Juda Engelmayer, according to CNN.
If convicted of the charges in California, Weinstein could spend the rest of his life in prison.
More than 80 women have publicly accused the Oscar-winning producer of sexual misconduct or sexual assault since two blockbuster articles, one in The New York Times and one in The New Yorker, detailed how his abuse of power to victimize women for years.
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