Former “Scrubs” govt producer Eric Weinberg pleaded not responsible to 18 counts together with a number of rape prices on Tuesday and was taken into custody after being denied bail, in response to reviews.
Weinberg, who was additionally a author on the hit 2000s present, had beforehand been out on $5 million bail till Tuesday’s arraignment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He’s now being held on the Twin Towers jail in Los Angeles till his subsequent listening to on Nov. 5, Deadline reported. If convicted of the costs, the 62-year-old might face greater than 100 years in jail.
Weinberg was arrested earlier this month after being accused of sexually assaulting 5 ladies he lured to his residence below the pretense of conducting photograph shoots between 2014 and 2019.
“He’s a hazard to society,” Deputy District Legal professional Marlene Martinez mentioned at Tuesday’s listening to in Los Angeles Superior Courtroom, in response to Deadline. “He goes as much as any younger lady and makes use of his standing as a writer-producer to lure them in. … He’s a hazard to all females.”
Decide Virginia Wilson agreed with Martinez, saying “the defendant has engaged in a sample of violence in direction of ladies for over six years” as Weinberg slumped in his seat, in response to Deadline.
Weinberg was charged with six counts of sexual penetration by use of power, 4 counts of oral copulation, three counts of forcible rape, two counts of sexual battery by restraint and three associated prices of assault, tried penetration and violent false imprisonment.
Protection legal professional Philip Cohen, who represented “That ’70s Present” star Danny Masterson in courtroom earlier Tuesday, in response to Deadline, argued towards the prosecution’s no-bail movement. He mentioned Weinberg wasn’t a flight danger and may thus stay below home arrest moderately than in jail.
Wilson disagreed, nonetheless, and mentioned her concern was “initially, the safety of the general public,” in response to Deadline, which famous the decide known as Weinberg a possible “serial rapist.” She mentioned sending Weinberg residence wasn’t prudent, because the “offenses occurred within the security and privateness of his residence,” in response to The Hollywood Reporter.
Martinez mentioned police obtained round 70 recommendations on Weinberg since he was first accused in July and continues to be interviewing extra accusers. The Hollywood Reporter recently interviewed more than two dozen women who detailed allegations towards Weinberg, together with that he allegedly focused minors.
He was first arrested in 2014 after then-22-year-old Kayra Raecke instructed the LAPD Weinberg raped her throughout a photograph shoot in his Los Feliz residence, in response to The Hollywood Reporter’s Tuesday report. Regardless of a police report describing how he “started choking Kayra and taking images,” the DA’s workplace declined to prosecute, the outlet mentioned.
Weinberg’s accusers declare he used his Hollywood standing to realize their belief and make guarantees earlier than ordering them to get bare throughout shoots. Raecke realized she wasn’t the one one after recognizing a Fb submit about Weinberg by artist Claire Wilson in 2020, in response to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Justice was served right now,” Micha Star Liberty, an legal professional representing the victims, instructed The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday. “It’s very satisfying that the decide discovered sufficient factual allegations to declare Mr. Weinberg a serial rapist.”
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