Extradition hearing to send Weinstein to Los Angeles delayed

Posted at 6:50 AM, August 17, 2020 and last updated 7:37 PM, May 17, 2023

In this courtroom sketch, Harvey Weinstein, center, is led out of Manhattan Supreme Court by court officers after a jury convicted him of rape and sexual assault, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 in New York. The jury found him not guilty of the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault, which could have resulted in a life sentence in New York. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers and Los Angeles prosecutors have agreed to postpone extradition proceedings that would send the imprisoned former film producer from New York to California to face sexual assault charges, citing the coronavirus pandemic.

Weinstein, who is serving a 23-year prison sentence on convictions for rape and sexual assault against two women, made a brief appearance Friday in a Buffalo courtroom via video conference from prison. The extradition hearing was postponed to Dec. 11.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office agreed to the delay because of the pandemic, a spokesman said. Weinstein, 68, survived a bout with the coronavirus earlier this year while serving time in a maximum-security prison near Buffalo.

Weinstein only answered a few yes or no questions during Friday’s hearing, said Kaitlyn Munro, a spokeswoman for Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn.

He is facing similar sexual assault charges in Los Angeles, as well as lawsuits by multiple women who accuse him of sexual abuse. He has denied all the allegations against him.

A Weinstein spokesperson declined to comment.

Weinstein is imprisoned at the maximum-security Wende Correctional Facility east of Buffalo.