Convicted former film producer Harvey Weinstein will stay in a New York jail for now after his legal professionals and prosecutors agreed on Friday to postpone efforts to ship him to California to face sexual assault expenses.
Weinstein appeared by way of video from jail earlier than Erie county court docket Choose Kenneth Case, who, due to the worsening pandemic, agreed to postpone Weinstein’s extradition listening to till April 2021.
Seated at a desk on the maximum-security Wende correctional facility east of Buffalo, Weinstein, carrying a maroon polo shirt and face masks, spoke solely briefly in response to a collection of questions from the decide. He waved his hand and shook his head in objection to a information station’s request to permit a tv digital camera within the courtroom. The decide saved the digital camera out however allowed media to report the video proceedings.
“We’re not in search of publicity, decide,” Weinstein’s legal professional, Norman Effman, stated.
Weinstein, 68, is serving a 23-year jail sentence after being convicted in New York Metropolis earlier this 12 months on expenses of rape and sexual assault towards two ladies.
He faces related expenses involving 5 ladies in California, stemming from alleged assaults in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013.
As a result of Weinstein is imprisoned in New York, a decide should log off on transferring him to the custody of Los Angeles authorities to be tried there.
Effman cited Weinstein’s well being in supporting the continued delay of the extradition proceedings initially scheduled for August.
Weinstein survived a bout with the coronavirus in March on the jail. His legal professionals stated he skilled signs of Covid-19 once more in mid-November however didn’t take a look at optimistic for the illness at the moment.
“Clearly, the pandemic has develop into worse moderately than higher,” Effman stated. “The problems pertaining to transportation of somebody from New York to California, and particularly with respect to Mr Weinstein’s personal very critical well being circumstances, stay the identical.”
The Los Angeles county district legal professional’s workplace agreed to the primary delay due to the pandemic as nicely.