TV producer Eric Weinberg charged with multiple counts of rape and sexual assault | American News

Eric Weinberg, a veteran television producer and writer who has worked on shows such as Scrubs and Californication, was arrested and charged with 18 counts, including rape, sexual assault and forcible confinement.

The 61-year-old was first arrested at his Los Angeles home in July and released on $3.2 million bail. On Tuesday, he was arrested again and later released on $5 million bail.

“The defendant relied on his Hollywood credentials to lure young women for photo shoots where he allegedly sexually assaulted them,” Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón said Wednesday at a press conference. . “Power and influence can corrupt some to hurt others, often leading to a lifetime of trauma for those who fall victim to it.”

The 18 charges against Weinberg relate to a series of sexual assaults that police say occurred between 2014 and 2019. Prosecutors on Wednesday said “dozens” of women have come forward since the announcement of the Weinberg’s arrest in July, when he was charged with more counts of sexual assault, dating back to 2012.

In the indictment, police allege that Weinberg picked up women in their 20s and 30s “in grocery stores, cafes and other public places” and would try to convince them to participate in a photo shoot. If the women agreed, police say he would then assault them in photo shoots held at his home.

The 18 charges announced Wednesday include six counts of forcible sexual penetration, four counts of oral copulation, three counts of forcible rape, two counts of forcible sexual assault, one count of forcible assault cause serious bodily harm. injury, one count of attempted sexual penetration by use of force and one count of false imprisonment by violence.

Gascón said his office requested that Weinberg remain in custody without bond, but a judge denied the request. Weinberg is now out of custody ahead of his Oct. 25 arraignment.

“If you’re rich, you can bail out. If you are poor, you can stay no matter how bad the offense is,” Gascón said.

“We hope there will be other victims who come forward. We know there are many more,” he added.

In September, more than 20 women spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about their alleged encounters with Weinberg, accusing him of a pattern of predatory behavior and misconduct. Several women have accused Weinberg of initiating sexual activity without their consent during photo shoots, with some alleging he photographed the acts as they unfolded.

Weinberg’s lawyers have been contacted by the Guardian.

In a statement addressing the allegations from the Hollywood Reporter investigation, Weinberg’s attorney dismissed the allegations as “strategically placed criminal allegations” stemming from a “highly contentious and acrimonious custody dispute.” Weinberg’s wife, Hilary Bidwell, filed for divorce in 2020 after allegedly discovering inside Weinberg’s golf bag a handwritten diary of the women’s names, their routines and where they could be found.

“These allegations have already been investigated and reviewed by law enforcement and LA Family Court and the results have continued to uncover a myriad of evidence, documents and analysis from ‘experts who completely undermine the narrative being enacted,’ Weinberg’s attorney said in July.

Weinberg was first arrested in 2014, when a 22-year-old claimed he raped her during a photo shoot at his home. According to district attorney documents, Weinberg told investigators it was a “consensual sexual encounter.” In June of that year, the district attorney’s office declined to prosecute, citing “insufficient evidence.”

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