BUFFALO, N.Y. — Convicted former film producer Harvey Weinstein will stay at a New York prison for today after his attorneys and prosecutors agreed Friday to postpone attempts to deliver him to California to face sexual assault charges.
Weinstein appeared via video before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case, who, due to the worsening outbreak, agreed to postpone Weinstein’s extradition hearing before April 9.
He waved his hand and shook his head to a news channel’s request to permit a television camera in the court. The judge kept out the camera but let the media to capture the video event.
“We are not searching for publicity, estimate,” Weinstein’s lawyer, Norman Effman, stated.
He faces similar charges between five girls in California, stemming from alleged assaults from Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013.
Since Weinstein is imprisoned in New York, a judge has to sign off on moving him into the prosecution of the Los Angeles government to be attempted.
Effman mentioned Weinstein’s wellbeing in supporting the continuing delay of the extradition proceedings initially scheduled for August.
Weinstein endured a bout with all the coronavirus in March in the prison. His attorneys said he experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in mid-November but didn’t test positive for the disorder at that moment.
“The pandemic is becoming worse instead of better,” Effman explained. “The problems about the transport of somebody from New York to California, and especially about Mr. Weinstein’s very serious medical issues, remains the same.”
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office agreed to this initial delay Due to the pandemic too.