Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein has touched down in Los Angeles on a private jet after being extradited from New York to face rape and sexual assault charges.
The disgraced producer, 69, was spotted stepping off the jet at Burbank – the airport he once frequented regularly as a Hollywood A-lister – on Tuesday afternoon.
It is the first time Weinstein has stepped foot in Los Angeles in two years since he was taken into custody in New York and sparked the #MeToo movement.
Weinstein, who was wearing a mask, brown sweater and pants, was not handcuffed as he emerged from the plane.
Authorities appeared to help keep Weinstein – who now relies on a walker – upright as he walked down the stairs by holding onto a strap tied around his chest.
Weinstein’s attorney Mark Werksman believes he will most likely be taken to the Correctional Therapy Center, which is the medical wing of the LA County men’s central jail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility.
Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein arrived in Los Angeles on a private jet on Tuesday after being extradited from New York to face rape and sexual assault charges
Authorities appeared to help keep Weinstein – who now relies on a walker – upright as he walked down the stairs by holding onto a strap tied around his chest
‘He’s at the mercy of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department,’ Werksman told DailyMail.com.
Werksman added that his defense of his client against the slew of sexual assault charges by the LA district attorney’s office would begin in earnest after Weinstein’s arraignment tomorrow.
‘We are confident he will be acquitted of all the charges,’ Werksman said.
His initial hearing is scheduled for 1.30pm on Wednesday.
Weinstein was taken from New York’s Wende Correctional Facility and put on a plane bound for the West Coast earlier in the day.
Prosecutors in Los Angeles have been seeking his transfer on charges of assaulting five women in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills between 2004 to 2013.
Weinstein was charged in California in a criminal complaint before being indicted by a grand jury.
He is facing 11 counts of rape and sexual assault, which could carry a maximum sentence of 140 years.
Weinstein maintains his innocence and contends that any sexual activity was consensual.
His attorneys had been fighting his extradition, claiming he shouldn’t be moved from his current prison in New York because of ongoing medical treatment.
His attorney said the former movie mogul is suffering from a host of medical conditions.
‘He has spinal stenosis, he’s going blind in one eye, he’s missing teeth. He really needs urgent medical care,’ Werksman said.
It is the first time Weinstein has stepped foot in Los Angeles in two years since he was taken into custody in New York and sparked the #MeToo movement
The 69-year-old was spotted stepping off the jet at Burbank – the airport he once frequented regularly as a Hollywood A-lister – on Tuesday afternoon
Weinstein, who is a convicted rapist, arrived back in Los Angeles on the private jet
Weinstein’s rep Juda Engelmayer told DailyMail.com that his lawyers had been trying to negotiate an agreement to wave extradition for transfer to LA.
‘We are disappointed that the LA DA didn’t wait for the judge’s ruling, but we did expect this to happen at some point,’ Engelmayer said.
‘We will be fighting so that Harvey can receive his needed medical care and of course, so that he can be treated fairly. Due process, presumption of innocence and a fair trial are all still his right.’
His lawyer did not disclose the conditions in open court during a hearing last month but prosecutors mentioned that he was seeking treatment from an eye doctor.
‘We’re not trying to avoid a trial,’ his lawyer told the judge. ‘He will be ready to go to LA when the jury selection begins.’
Erie County assistant district attorney Colleen Gable hit back, saying: ‘It’s Los Angeles. It’s not some remote outpost that doesn’t have medical care.
‘There is absolutely nothing in either doctor’s report that says this treatment can’t be done in Los Angeles. Los Angeles has some of the best medical care in the country and the world.’
The judge rejected the arguments and ordered that he should be extradited this month.
Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year sentence in New York’s Wende Correctional Facility after a jury found him guilty in March 2020 of rape and sexual assault.
He was convicted of raping an aspiring actress in a New York City hotel room in 2013 and sexually assaulting a production assistant at his apartment in 2006 by forcibly performing oral sex on her.
Harvey Weinstein, 69, was put on a plane from New York on Tuesday morning after being extradited to Los Angeles to face sexual assault charges. He is pictured above during a hearing last month regarding his extradition
Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year sentence in New York after a jury found him guilty in March 2020 of rape and sexual assault. He is pictured arriving for his high-profile trial February 2020