Fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was transferred from a New York jail Tuesday morning to the custody of officials for extradition to California, where he faces serious sexual offenses.
Weinstein, who is incarcerated in New York and serving a 23-year sentence since his 2020 conviction for sex offenses in Manhattan, was extradited to California in June by a judge in Erie County, New York.
The 69-year-old is facing charges in Los Angeles for rape, sex acts and other crimes in connection with five incidents that allegedly took place in Los Angeles between 2004 and 2013.
He faces up to 140 years in prison if convicted in the Los Angeles cases.
“At approximately 9:25 a.m. this morning, custody of Mr. Harvey Weinstein was transferred to the appropriate officials for transportation to the state of California under a court order,” the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said in a statement.
The film producer, who co-founded the entertainment company Miramax, became a leading villain in the #MeToo movement after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct.
He was convicted in the Manhattan Supreme Court in February 2020 for a first-degree criminal sexual act against production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and third-degree rape for assaulting aspiring actress Jessica Mann in a hotel room in 2013.
Weinstein’s lawyers filed an appeal against his conviction in April.
His lawyers had protested his extradition to Los Angeles, citing his ill health.
Before his disgrace, Weinstein had produced award-winning films, including “Pulp Fiction,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “Gangs of New York.”