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Disgraced movie producer and one-time Democratic Party mega-donor Harvey Weinstein, who has been serving a 23-year prison sentence for sexual assault in New York since last year, was on his way to Los Angeles on Tuesday for a second trial in which he will face new charges.

The once all-powerful Hollywood producer — whose downfall was seen as a major victory for the #MeToo movement — is accused in Los Angeles of rape and sexual assault of five women, which could land him in prison for up to an additional 140 years.

The 69-year-old left the Wende prison in upstate New York shortly before 9:30 am (1330 GMT) and was handed over “to the appropriate officials for transport to the state of California per a court order,” a spokesman for the New York prison authorities said in a statement.

Weinstein’s lawyers had argued for weeks against the transfer on medical grounds.

Senator Hillary Clinton and Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein arrive at the Brooklyn Museum for the premiere of Miramax Films ‘Finding Neverland’ October 25, 2004 in New York City. (Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

US producer Harvey Weinstein poses on May 24, 2013 as he arrives for the screening of the film 'The Immigrant' presented in Competition at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Cannes, one of the world's top film festivals, opened on May 15 and will climax on May 26 with awards selected by a jury headed this year by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

US producer Harvey Weinstein poses on May 24, 2013 as he arrives for the screening of the film ‘The Immigrant’ presented in Competition at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. (ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

But in June New York judge Kenneth Case rejected their arguments and gave the green light to his transfer.

And legal efforts to stop the extradition in Los Angeles did not reach court.

“We are disappointed that the LA DA (Los Angeles district attorney) didn’t wait for the judge’s ruling, but we did expect this to happen at some point,” Weinstein’s spokesman, Juda Engelmayer, told AFP.

“We will be fighting so that Harvey can receive his needed medical care and of course, so that he can be treated fairly.”

Actor Neil Patrick Harris, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, actress Tyne Daly and producer Harvey Weinstein attend U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announces his campaign to give Broadway and live theater productions a major tax break that will encourage investment and spur job creation at Sardi’s on April 7, 2014 in New York City. (Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

From left, Meryl Streep, Harvey Weinstein and Margo Martindale are seen at the August: Osage County Screening Presented by The Weinstein Company, on Sunday, January, 5th, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. (Jordan Strauss/Invision for The Weinstein Company/AP Images)

According to California law, Weinstein’s trial must begin within 120 days of his extradition, which would be in mid-November.

His lawyer Mark Werksman told the Los Angeles Times that Weinstein could appear in a Los Angeles courtroom as early as Wednesday.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office did not confirm or deny any details of Weinstein’s extradition when contacted by AFP.

Weinstein has always denied the charges, both in New York and in Los Angeles, claiming that his accusers consented.

In early April, he formally appealed his conviction for rape and sexual assault in New York, which was handed down to him in March 2020 following a high-profile trial in Manhattan.

In total, nearly 90 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.

The Los Angeles charges include allegations from ex-model Lauren Young that Weinstein sexually assaulted her in a Beverly Hills hotel in 2013 when she was a 22-year-old aspiring actress.

Los Angeles prosecutors also accuse Weinstein of raping an Italian model — whose identity, like the other three Los Angeles accusers, has not been made public — the night before he allegedly assaulted Young.

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