11:53 AM PT — 8/14 — Weinstein’s extradition to Los Angeles has been delayed 120 days due to the pandemic concerns … according to the L.A. District Attorney’s office. His next hearing is set for December.
LADA has confirmed our story. They issued this formal statement: “Our office has agreed with the defense to delay the extradition 120 days due to pandemic concerns,” said Greg Risling, a spokesman for the Los Angeles office
Harvey Weinstein doesn’t want to be dragged to Los Angeles to face further prosecution for alleged sex crimes … because he’s already serving a 23-year sentence in New York and feels a trip to an L.A. jail would be a death sentence because of COVID.
The L.A. County D.A. wants Weinstein extradited to Los Angeles for another sexual assault trial, but Weinstein’s lawyer, Norman Effman, tells TMZ … he’s gonna fight the move.
Effman says his client’s health would be at serious risk if he’s transferred to L.A. — where coronavirus cases have been surging — especially the county’s jail system which has been plagued by COVID-19 outbreaks.
As you may recall … Weinstein tested positive for the virus in March and recovered, but his lawyer says that’s no guarantee he’s immune now.
Effman points out the Wende Correctional Facility in upstate New York — where Weinstein’s currently locked up — has had a low infection rate and zero COVID deaths.
So, he argues, there’s no reason to send Weinstein from a relatively safe environment to a dangerous one.
Effman says Weinstein’s not fighting extradition altogether … he just wants to wait until the conditions are safer. The coronavirus outbreak already delayed his extradition back in May. A hearing’s set for this week to address the issue again, but it’s clear … Weinstein won’t go quietly.
Weinstein was sentenced in March to 23 years in prison in New York after being convicted of committing a criminal sex act in the first degree and rape in the third degree.
He’s still facing 5 felony charges in L.A. — sexual battery by restraint, forcible rape, sexual penetration by use of force, sexual battery and forcible oral copulation.
Originally Published — 8/10 12:50 AM PT