Harvey Weinstein Will Be Extradited To Los Angeles To Face Possible 140-Year Prison Sentence On Rape Charges, New York Judge Rules
Harvey Weinstein will be extradited to California to face additional rape and sexual assault charges, a New York City judge ruled on Tuesday.
The 69-year-old disgraced movie mogul is heading to Los Angeles, where he faces a possible 140-year sentence.
Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case ruled against Weinstein's lawyers, who argued their client needed to remain in New York to get proper medical care.
According to Reuters, Los Angeles prosecutors may try to claim custody of Weinstein as early as mid-July.
One of the former tycoon's lawyers isn't giving up and is planning to appeal the judge's decision.
"We are disappointed by the judge's ruling," Mark Werksman reportedly said in an email.
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"We are appealing his decision in New York and we have filed a habeas corpus petition in the Los Angeles Superior Court to prevent the Los Angeles District Attorney from transporting Mr. Weinstein to Los Angeles until he can receive the medical care he needs in New York," he added.
His legal team has already tried to delay the extradition process before. As RadarOnline.com reported, his lawyers claimed he couldn't travel to California because his teeth were falling out and he was going blind.
Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year sentence after being convicted of sexually assaulting a production assistant in 2006 and third-degree rape of an up-and-coming actress in 2013.
The former Hollywood producer faces 11 counts of sexual assault, including rape, in the L.A. courts after being accused of attacking five women from 2004 to 2013.
Weinstein has denied ever having nonconsensual sex with anyone.
If found guilty, the former Hollywood heavyweight faces up to 140 years in prison. Weinstein has been behind bars since March of last year, serving time at Wende Correctional Facility in Erie County, New York.