Harvey Weinstein enters the courthouse on July 11, 2019 in New York City.
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Fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was transferred to a New York prison on Tuesday morning and taken into the custody of officials for extradition to California, where he faces trial for serious sex crimes.
Weinstein, who has been locked up in New York City to serve a 23-year sentence since his conviction last year for sex offenses in Manhattan, was last month ordered to be extradited to California by a county judge from Erie, New York.
The 69-year-old man is charged in Los Angeles with rape, sexual assault and other crimes in connection with five incidents which allegedly occurred between 2004 and 2013 in Los Angeles.
He faces up to 140 years in prison if convicted in the Los Angeles business.
“This morning at approximately 9:25 am, custody of Mr. Harvey Weinstein was turned over to the proper authorities for his transport to the State of California by court order,” the Department of Corrections and Community Oversight said. New York State in a press release.
The film producer, who co-founded entertainment company Miramax, has become one of the main villains of the #MeToo movement after several women accused him of sexual misconduct.
He was convicted in February 2020 by the Manhattan Supreme Court of a first-degree felony sex 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 appealed his conviction in April.
His lawyers had argued against his extradition to Los Angeles on the grounds of his poor health.
Before his disgrace, Weinstein had produced award-winning films including “Pulp Fiction”, “Shakespeare in Love” and “Gangs of New York”.