BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Harvey Weinstein will remain at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden for now, as an extradition hearing was scheduled for later this month in front of an Erie County judge.
Prosecutors in Los Angeles are requesting that Weinstein be sent from New York State to California to face sex crime charges there. During an initial extradition appearance in an Erie County courtroom Monday, Weinstein’s attorney Norm Effman acknowledged that he’s in receipt of a sealed indictment.
“There’s now an indictment in California,” Effman said.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment.
It’s unclear which charges are listed in the indictment. But last year, Los Angeles prosecutors filed several charges against Weinstein. They said at the time those charges involve five victims for crimes which span between 2004 and 2013.
Weinstein’s attorney argued that the paperwork associated with the extradition request is wrong, and requested a hearing.
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.
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn shared his thoughts on Monday’s proceeding. You can hear his comments below:
Prosecutors in Los Angeles said they were beginning efforts to have Weinstein extradited back in March 2020. But they agreed with Weinstein’s defense team to delay extradition proceedings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Weinstein is already serving a 23-year sentence for rape and sexual sex act convictions in New York State. During the appearance, Effman noted that Weinstein has been in a medical unit at Wende, dealing with cardiac, back, eyesight, and dental problems.