Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Weinstein fights extraditio­n to California

- — COMPILED BY DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE STAFF FROM WIRE REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer on Monday challenged his extraditio­n from New York to California, where the imprisoned movie mogul faces rape and sexual assault charges in a newly revealed indictment.

Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case delayed a decision on extraditio­n for Weinstein, 69, who is being held at a maximum security facility near Buffalo, since last spring after Weinstein was convicted in New York City of a criminal sex act and third-degree rape.

Weinstein was charged last year in California with assaulting five women in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013.

“We’re not trying to avoid what is going to happen in California. We believe there is not only a defense to these charges but a very good defense to these charges,” defense attorney Norman Effman said.

The new indictment, returned by a grand jury on March 15, contains the same 11 counts involving the same five unnamed women as the previous criminal complaint, according to a person with direct knowledge who spoke on condition of anonymity because the indictment remains sealed.

Los Angeles prosecutor­s declined comment.

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