Convicted former movie producer Harvey Weinstein will remain in a New York prison after his lawyers and prosecutors agreed Friday to postpone efforts to send him to California to face more sexual assault charges, the Associated Press reports. Weinstein appeared via video from prison before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case, who, because of the worsening pandemic, agreed to postpone Weinstein’s extradition hearing until April 9. Weinstein, speaking from the maximum-security Wende Correctional Facility east of Buffalo, objected to a news station’s request to allow a television camera in the courtroom. The judge kept the camera out but allowed media to record the video proceedings.
Weinstein, 68, is serving a 23-year prison sentence after being convicted in New York City on charges of rape and sexual assault against two women. He faces similar charges involving five women in California, stemming from alleged assaults in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013. Because Weinstein is imprisoned in New York, a judge must sign off on transferring him to the custody of Los Angeles authorities to be tried there. Defense attorney Norman Effman cited Weinstein’s health in supporting the continued delay of extradition proceedings originally scheduled for August. Weinstein survived a bout with the coronavirus in March at the prison.