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Harvey Weinstein fails to prevent extradition to California to face fresh charges

Harvey Weinstein will be extradited to California to face additional charges, after several delays.

The former movie producer appeared via video link at a court hearing on Tuesday afternoon from Erie County, New York. He has been held at Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo.

Weinstein’s legal team had challenged the extradition on the ground that the paperwork was allegedly not done properly. Concerns pertaining to Weinstein’s health and need for medical treatment were also raised during the hearing.

Judge Kenneth Case denied Weinstein’s team requests, meaning that Weinstein’s extradition to California will now go ahead. The extradition isn’t expected to take place until the end of June or early July.

Weinstein appeared in person during Tuesday’s hearing, wearing a white face mask at the beginning and at the end of the proceedings and removing it at times.

He spoke briefly, mainly to answer procedural questions from the judge.

The former producer is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence after being convicted in February 2020 in New York of third-degree rape and a criminal sex act.

He is due to face rape and sexual assault charges in California, where is extradition was delayed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Los Angeles prosecutors are looking to try Weinstein on charges of allegedly assaulting five women in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills between 2004 and 2013.

Weinstein has maintained his innocence and contended that any sexual activity was consensual.

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