Eric Weinberg has $5-million bail revoked in intercourse crimes case

A Hollywood producer charged with intercourse crimes was remanded into custody Tuesday after a decide characterised him as a possible hazard to society.

Eric Weinberg, finest recognized for his work as co-executive producer of the TV present “Scrubs,” was led away in handcuffs by a deputy after pleading not responsible to 18 felony counts of rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery, false imprisonment, assault by means to trigger nice bodily hurt and sexual penetration by a international object.

Weinberg was rearrested this month after prosecutors expanded earlier costs towards him to incorporate the claims of 5 extra ladies. He had been free in lieu of $5-million bail following an arrest in July.

Greater than half a dozen ladies have made allegations during the last seven years that Weinberg, 62, lured them to his residence, usually underneath the guise of a photograph shoot, earlier than restraining and sexually assaulting them, based on police interviews and information obtained by The Instances.

Calling him a hazard to society and particular ladies, Deputy Dist. Atty. Marlene Martinez advised a decide that Weinberg used his standing as a Hollywood producer and author to “manipulate these women.” In requesting that he be remanded, she mentioned he’s a flight threat and must be locked up.

Martinez mentioned that along with the 5 Jane Doe victims included within the costs towards Weinberg, a minimum of two different ladies have made allegations which can be being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Division, and the division has obtained 70 ideas.

Philip Cohen, an lawyer for Weinberg, mentioned his consumer has proved he isn’t a flight threat as he has been underneath investigation for a while and remained within the jurisdiction. Cohen argued that digital monitoring and home arrest have been viable options.

Weinberg initially was arrested July 14 in reference to allegations of sexual assault, together with rape, between 2012 and 2019. LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz mentioned the division recognized a minimum of eight ladies Weinberg might have victimized.

Following that arrest, he was launched in lieu of $3.5-million bail earlier than being arrested a second time Oct. 4 underneath extra expansive costs, with bail elevated to $5 million.

Los Angeles County Superior Courtroom Decide Victoria Wilson agreed Tuesday with the prosecutor, calling Weinberg a possible serial rapist. She rejected the suggestion of holding him in his residence, noting that it’s the place a number of the alleged crimes occurred.

Weinberg’s attorneys have denied all wrongdoing on the a part of their consumer, calling the ladies’s declarations a “blatant smear campaign” with “unconscionable and unsubstantiated allegations” which can be designed to painting him within the “most horrendous light.”

Micha Star Liberty, a Bay Space civil rights lawyer who represents a number of the accusers, mentioned in an announcement that she was “grateful that the district attorney has acted in furtherance of accountability.”

“The significant number of victims and the horrific impact inflicted upon those women will not go unremediated,” she mentioned. “We will not rest until there is justice.”

In keeping with police and court docket information, Weinberg lured ladies from espresso bars, supermarkets and a Los Feliz pie store to his Edgemont Road residence. Detectives have mentioned Weinberg would strategy ladies of their 20s and 30s and arrange picture shoots with them. Generally he talked about his profession in Hollywood.

After one encounter, a girl started utilizing a Fb group to warn others about Weinberg’s alleged habits, based on a declaration filed in household court docket. Los Angeles police had investigated Weinberg on suspicion of sexual assault on two events earlier than his July arrest, information present.

LAPD investigators beforehand offered circumstances to prosecutors involving allegations that Weinberg raped ladies in April and August of 2014, however the district lawyer’s workplace declined to prosecute, citing inadequate proof, based on court docket information and police.

Weinberg labored as a producer or screenwriter on 92 episodes of “Scrubs” from 2001 to 2007. He additionally served as a producer on “Veronica’s Closet,” “Californication” and “Anger Management,” in addition to “Men at Work,” which starred Danny Masterson, who has additionally been charged with sexual abuse of ladies. Masterson is on trial for rape in the identical downtown courthouse and can be represented by Cohen.