The Los Angeles District Attorney General has filed an extradition request for Harvey Weinstein to face five sexual assault and rape cases.
The D.A. had previously filed a warrant with the New York State Prison Service. This was the first step in a process that was significantly slowed down by the coronavirus pandemic. The New York authorities are now expected to hold a hearing on whether to move Weinstein to Los Angeles.
The producer is serving a 23-year sentence at Wende Correctional Facility, a high security prison near Buffalo, New York, after being convicted of rape and sexual assault in February. If sentenced to Los Angeles charges, he faces another 29 years.
Weinstein faces three charges related to the alleged rape of an Italian model in a hotel room on February 18, 2013. He is also accused of sexually assaulting a second woman the following day. The charges were filed on the opening day of Weinstein's New York trial in January.
The prosecutor added a fifth count against Weinstein in April, accusing him of sexually assaulting a third woman on May 11, 2010. This charge was filed just a few weeks before the 10-year statute of limitations.
The office of the D.A. submitted the extradition request on July 20. Assuming he is transferred to Los Angeles, he would be held in the district prison until the trial is completed and then returned to New York to complete his sentence.