Harvey Weinstein due back before judge on extradition to California
Convicted and imprisoned former movie producer Harvey Weinstein is expected to appear briefly via video from a New York prison Friday as part of legal efforts to send him to California to face sexual assault charges.
Authorities say the extradition proceeding, originally scheduled for August, is likely to be postponed again, this time until April 9.
Weinstein, 68, is serving a 23-year prison sentence after being convicted in New York earlier this year on charges of rape and sexual assault against two women.
He faces similar charges involving five women in California, stemming from alleged assaults in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013.
Because Weinstein is imprisoned in New York, a judge must sign off on transferring him to the custody of Los Angeles authorities to be tried there.
The L.A. County district attorney’s office agreed to the first delay because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a spokesman said.
Weinstein survived a bout with the coronavirus in March at the maximum-security Wende Correctional Facility east of Buffalo, N.Y., where he is incarcerated. His lawyers said he experienced symptoms of COVID-19 again in mid-November but did not test positive for the disease at that time.
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