LA prosecutors agree to postpone Harvey Weinstein's extradition process citing coronavirus outbreak

Harvey Weinstein, who is serving a 23-year prison sentence on convictions for rape and sexual assault against two women, made a brief appearance Friday in a Buffalo courtroom in the US

The Associated Press August 15, 2020 09:59:37 IST
LA prosecutors agree to postpone Harvey Weinstein's extradition process citing coronavirus outbreak

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers and Los Angeles prosecutors have agreed to postpone extradition proceedings that would send the imprisoned former film producer from New York to California to face sexual assault charges, citing the coronavirus pandemic.

Weinstein, who is serving a 23-year prison sentence on convictions for rape and sexual assault against two women, made a brief appearance Friday in a Buffalo courtroom via video conference from prison. The extradition hearing was postponed to 11 December.

LA prosecutors agree to postpone Harvey Weinsteins extradition process citing coronavirus outbreak

Harvey Weinstein arrives to court in New York, in 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office agreed to the delay because of the pandemic, a spokesman said. Weinstein, 68, survived a bout with the coronavirus earlier this year while serving time in a maximum-security prison near Buffalo.

Weinstein only answered a few yes or no questions during Friday’s hearing, said Kaitlyn Munro, a spokeswoman for Erie County District Attorney John J Flynn.

He is facing similar sexual assault charges in Los Angeles, as well as lawsuits by multiple women who accuse him of sexual abuse. He has denied all the allegations against him.

A Weinstein spokesperson declined to comment.

Weinstein is imprisoned at the maximum-security Wende Correctional Facility east of Buffalo.

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