Harvey Weinstein made headlines this weekend for having tested positive for coronavirus, but the Los Angeles authorities, who accuse him of various sexual crimes, confirmed on Monday that, despite this, they continue with the procedures to judge in the Californian city the already incarcerated ex-producer.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office requested temporary custody Monday of Weinstein, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault of two women and is currently behind bars in Wende maximum security prison (New York) .
“This process involves many actions by other agencies,” said the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in a statement collected by The Hollywood Reporter and USA Today.
“We cannot determine when the defendant Weinstein will be physically in Los Angeles. He will be prosecuted upon arrival in Los Angeles County,” he added.
The procedures for the transfer of Weinstein to California soil began on March 11 as soon as his sentence was known in New York.
In Los Angeles, he will be accused of rape, forced oral copulation, and sexual penetration with the use of force on a woman; and sexual assault with retention of a second woman.
If found guilty on all of these charges, which allegedly occurred on two consecutive nights in 2013 in Angelino County, he could face a sentence of up to 28 years in prison.
US media said this weekend that Weinstein tested positive for coronavirus, although spokesmen and the close circle of the defenestrated producer have not officially confirmed this news.
The same sources that support Weinstein’s positive for coronavirus defended that he has been isolated from the rest of the inmates of Wende prison.
The condemnation of Weinstein in New York, which marked a major victory for the #MeToo movement in its feminist fight against sexual abuse and assault, includes 20 years in prison for a first-degree criminal sexual act against production assistant Mimi Haley in 2006; and 3 years for the third-degree rape of aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013.