Harvey Weinstein puts his head in his hands as judge rules he can be transferred to LA to face more sex assault charges

HARVEY Weinstein put his head in his hands as a judge ruled that he can be transferred to Los Angeles to face more sex assault charges.

The infamous producer will be sent to the West Coast within the first two weeks of July, an Erie County court judge ruled on Tuesday.

Weinstein will be transferred to Los Angeles
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Judge Kenneth Case rejected arguments by Weinstein’s lawyer that the paperwork to move Weinstein was not in order, and that Weinstein should stay in New York to get appropriate medical care.

Reacting to the news, Weinstein leant back in his chair and threw his head back, before buying his head in his hands.

He was wearing a red long sleeved shirt and a white coronavirus face mask, with his walker to his right.

Weinstein is serving a 23-year prison term following his February 2020 conviction in Manhattan for sexually assaulting a production assistant in 2006, and third-degree rape of an aspiring actress in 2013.

Weinstein is appealing his conviction and sentence, and has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

His conviction was seen as a watershed moment in the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse and harassment by men, including many with powerful jobs and influence.

Weinstein’s 11-count indictment in California concerns alleged attacks on five women from 2004 to 2013 in the Los Angeles area.

The charges include forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint, and sexual penetration by use of force.

If convicted, Weinstein could spend the rest of his life in prison. His lawyers have said they would expect an acquittal.

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