Judge rules that Harvey Weinstein will be extradited to Los Angeles in July

Judge rules that Harvey Weinstein will be extradited to Los Angeles in July
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Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court, on February 24, 2020 in New York City. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

An Erie County court ruled on Tuesday that disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein will be extradited from New York to Los Angeles ahead of another trial for numerous sexual assault charges.

Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year sentence at the Wende Correctional Facility, a state prison in upstate New York, on a conviction of third-degree rape and forcible sexual assault of two women. A judge ruled Tuesday that he will be extradited to Los Angeles in July.

Upon hearing the ruling, Weinstein "reacted by burying his head in his hands," according to the New York Daily News' Molly Crane-Newman.

Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault in the New York case in February 2020. Los Angeles prosecutors have separately accused him of sexually assaulting five different women.

Sexual misconduct accusations first made against Weinstein in the New York Times and the New Yorker in October 2017 made him a pariah and sparked a worldwide reckoning against sexual misconduct. Weinstein has continued to deny all wrongdoing.

For months, Weinstein's lawyers have pushed back against their client's extradition, claiming his health is deteriorating and that he should appear in court hearings via video instead.

It's not clear when a trial in Los Angeles would take place. The city's courts stopped all criminal trials due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Los Angeles Times, and have resumed them only recently.

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