Former Hollywood filmmaker Harvey Vainstein, who is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for sexual assault in New York, is transferred to Los Angeles on Tuesday, where he is expected to face another lawsuit on other charges.
Wainstin, 69, left Vende Prison, north of New York, before 9:30 a.m. and was handed over to “the appropriate officials for transportation to California, according to a court order,” the New York Prison Service said in a statement.
Wainstin’s lawyers spent weeks trying to convince the court that their client could not be transferred for medical reasons.
However, New York Judge Kenneth Keys rejected the lawyers’ arguments and gave the green light to the transfer.
The once influential Hollywood producer in Los Angeles has been accused of raping and sexually assaulting five women. If guilty is found guilty by a court, he faces up to another 140 years in prison.
In both New York and Los Angeles, Winnstein denies the allegations, claiming that the defendants have agreed to the communications.
In April, Weinstein appealed a March 2020 conviction in New York for rape and sexual assault.
The ruling in a wide-ranging lawsuit in Manhattan was seen as an important victory for the #MeToo movement.
In total, almost 90 women have accused Vainstina of sexual harassment and sexual assault.