A New York state judge ruled Friday that convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein will be shipped to California after 30 days to face new sex crime charges.
However, defense attorney Norman Effman said Weinstein will challenge extradition, which will likely delay the fallen mogul’s transfer to Los Angeles.
Wearing a burgundy shirt, 69-year-old Weinstein practically appeared before Judge Kenneth Case in Erie County Court.
He is serving a 23-year prison sentence at the Wende Correctional Facility east of Buffalo after a 2020 Manhattan jury found him guilty of rape and criminal sex acts.
Effman had argued at an extradition hearing earlier this month that Weinstein had gone blind and lost several teeth – and had to undergo eye and dental treatments before being transported to the west coast. The delivery had already been pushed back twice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Supreme Court at 100 Center St. in Manhattan.Stefan Jeremiah for the New York Post
In October, the ruined Hollywood rainmaker was hit by an 11-point Los Angeles offense that included charges of rape, violent oral copulation and sexual violence through restraint based on allegations made by five women.
He has since been charged with alleged crimes and faces a life sentence of up to 140 years.
Weinstein is said to have various health ailments.Stefan Jeremiah for the New York Post
In the meantime, Weinstein appeals to his New York conviction of raping hairdresser Jessica Mann in 2013 and violently performing oral sex with former production assistant “Project Runway”, Miriam Haleyi, in 2006.