LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles District Attorney announced Thursday that it has filed court files to speed up the extradition process and bring the detained former film producer Harvey Weinstein back to Los Angeles, where he is charged with sexually charged three women.
According to the DA office, a hearing date for the application for temporary detention is expected to be set in New York. Weinstein is serving a 23-year prison sentence after being convicted of sexually assaulting two women. However, this was not immediately clear. How quickly would the transfer be completed if approved?
Weinstein has been charged with a number of crimes of rape, violent oral copulation, and sexual penetration through the use of violence, and two numbers of sexual violence through reluctance. The lawsuit against Weinstein claims the crimes were committed in Los Angeles County between May 2010 and February 2013.
The 68-year-old Weinstein was charged on January 6 with alleged crimes involving two women. The charges against the third woman were filed in May.
"We are continuing to expand and strengthen our case," District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a written statement when the May charges were filed. “As we collect corroborating evidence, we have addressed other possible victims of sexual assault. If we find new evidence of a previously unreported crime like this, we'll investigate and determine if additional lawsuits should be filed. "
The office of the D.A. said Weinstein could be in prison for up to 29 years if convicted.
The extradition notice is announced one day after a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Court of Appeals overturned a subjury ruling that Ashley Judd could pursue sexual harassment lawsuit against Weinstein.
In the lawsuit, Judd claims Weinstein defamed her and took retaliatory measures against her, even though a Weinstein lawyer denied the claims.
"The most minimal investigation of the events will show that Mr. Weinstein neither defamed Ms. Judd nor hindered or disturbed her career and certainly never retaliated against her and in fact had no revenge," said Phyllis Kupferstein. "Instead, Mr. Weinstein stood up for her work and approved her casting for two of his films."
Judd was one of the first women to raise allegations of harassment against the ashamed film producer.
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