ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB) — Harvey Weinstein appeared virtually before an Erie County Court Judge for his extradition proceeding Monday. The hearing was the first step in getting him to Los Angeles for a trial on charges he’s facing there.
The court appearance comes after a request for temporary custody of Harvey Weinstein from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. A grand jury there indicted him on rape charges—something Monday’s court hearing officially confirmed.
Weinstein’s attorney argued that the paperwork is wrong, and the number on the original felony complaint is different than the one on this new charging document, and for that reason objected to the request. A formal hearing is scheduled for April 30 at 9:30 a.m. to litigate the paperwork error.
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says Weinstein’s attorney didn’t share that information with his ADA and instead waited for it to come out in open court. Listen to Flynn’s comments about Monday’s hearing below:
Weinstein’s attorney also spent much of today’s hearing speaking about the medical issues Weinstein is facing like cardiac, eyesight, and dental problems.
He says he doesn’t want to undo what New York State has done to help. He added that the former movie producer is scheduled for eye and dental procedures. Weinstein is in a regional medical unit at Wende Correctional Facility, also facing cardiac and back issues.
Flynn says it’s likely he’s putting that out there now if Weinstein looks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to request to keep him in New York. The attorney also acknowledged there is an indictment in California.
Weinstein appeared virtually last year in August for an extradition proceeding, however, it was postponed until now. Weinstein is serving his 23-year sentence for rape and sexual assault at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, just outside of Buffalo. He was transferred there at the start of the pandemic.
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