18 sex charges against Hollywood producer Eric Weinberg

Hollywood producer Eric Weinberg was arrested by Los Angeles police on Tuesday after prosecutors filed 18 charges of sexual abuse and assault against him.

The former co-executive producer of “Scrubs” has been arrested by sex crimes investigators after the Los Angeles County District Attorney found charges of rape, oral copulation, sexual assault, false imprisonment, assault and six counts of violent foreign object entry, as evidenced by court documents.

Weinberg was being held in lieu of $5 million bail Tuesday night.

More than half a dozen women have made allegations over the past seven years that Weinberg lured them into his home, often under the guise of a photo shoot, before holding them down and sexually abusing them, police interviews and records obtained by The Times in July showed would have.

Los Angeles Sex Crimes Investigators previously arrested him on July 14 in connection with multiple sexual assaults, including rape, between 2012 and 2019. LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz told The Times the department has identified at least eight women who may have been Weinberg’s victims.

The data corresponding to the new fees was not accessible on Tuesday evening.

Micha Star Liberty, a Bay Area civil rights attorney who represents some of the women accusing Weinberg of abuse, said in a statement she was “grateful that the district attorney acted to promote accountability.”

“The significant number of casualties and the horrific impact inflicted on these women will not go unchallenged,” she said. “We will not rest until there is justice.”

According to police and civil court records, Weinberg lured women from Los Feliz cafes, supermarkets and a cake shop to his home on Edgemont Street.

After one encounter, a woman began using a Facebook group to warn about Weinberg’s alleged conduct, according to a statement filed with family court. At least twice prior to his July 14 arrest, Weinberg had been investigated by the LAPD on allegations of sexual assault, accounting records and testimony from the LAPD show.

During the October 2020 divorce and custody proceedings, testimonies were presented by three women who said he sexually assaulted them during photo sessions. His then-wife’s attorney claimed Weinberg also attempted to pick up a young girl attending her son’s high school, and it turned out that the girl knew his son, according to a 2020 custody filing in LA County Family Court .

Weinberg could not be reached by The Times for comment. His custody attorney, however, denied any wrongdoing on his part, calling the women’s statements a “blatant smear campaign” with “ruthless and baseless allegations” designed to portray him in the “most horrific light”.

Detectives have said Weinberg would approach women in their 20s and 30s and arrange photoshoots with them. Sometimes he talked about his career in Hollywood.

Weinberg worked on, and wrote some of, 92 episodes of Scrubs from 2001 to 2007. He also served as a producer on “Veronica’s Closet,” “Californication,” “Anger Management,” and “Men at Work,” starring Danny Masterson, who is also accused of sexually abusing multiple women.

The LAPD had previously submitted two rape investigations into Weinberg to the Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office, which had declined to prosecute Weinberg for incidents in April and August 2014 due to a lack of sufficient evidence, according to an office denial and statements from the LAPD.

“It was not until detectives received a recently reported rape that they opened another investigation against Weinberg,” LAPD officials said in a statement to The Times. “It was… this newly reported crime that prompted detectives to identify the additional victims.”

Detectives have since presented several new cases that are currently under review by prosecutors, authorities said.

“The investigation is in its early stages and is not yet complete. However, eight victims have been identified,” police said, adding that investigators are working through leads and expect more cases.

According to an LAPD statement, detectives knew a Facebook group was being set up after the initial cases against Weinberg were dismissed, and investigators are examining social media posts to identify other possible victims.

Documents filed in a family law case between Weinberg and his ex-wife show allegations by three women about sexually violent encounters with him from 2014 to 2019. The data in those incidents does not match other allegations previously dismissed by prosecutors . The Times does not identify victims of sexual assault without their consent.

A young woman claimed she was 22 when she met him at a cafe, Republic of Pie, in North Hollywood.

“Eric raped and physically assaulted me in 2014 after convincing me to come to his house for a photo shoot,” she said in a 2020 statement filed in a family law case involving Weinberg. The woman said Weinberg looked professional, showed her photos he had taken of other women, and told her he was a father of three.

They met at his home on April 29, 2014, she said. She agreed to strip down to her bra and underwear, and Weinberg told the woman she needed to put on lotion “because it’s good for the lighting,” court filings show.

“While Eric was creaming my back, he started removing my underwear … I never told Eric to take my clothes off and I didn’t consent to him putting his tongue on me,” the woman said in the court statement. “I didn’t know what was going on and I was scared. I didn’t know how to get away from him. I’m completely frozen.”

She said he continued to take pictures while he pinned her to the bed and forced her to perform oral sex. He then choked her “and squeezed so hard I thought I was going to pass out,” and then he raped her, she claimed in the statement. Afterward, she said, he downloaded the photos onto a USB stick and gave her.

In another affidavit, a 31-year-old North Hollywood storyboard artist said she met Weinberg at a Ralphs in February 2019. He asked if she modeled and if her breasts were natural, she said, then offered to take pictures of her after she told her about his family and his work on “Scrubs.”

She said when she got to his house the photoshoot started in what looked like a girls room. He was professional at first, but when the nude model and photographer moved to other locations, things took a violent turn, according to court records. According to her affidavit, she claimed he performed oral sex on her and forced his penis down her throat.

According to court documents, almost a year later, a 30-year-old Ms. Weinberg met OK Cupid and went with him for a glass of wine before heading to his house to listen to music, according to Ms. Weinberg’s case filed in family court. After kissing in the living room, they went into the bedroom and began undressing amicably, but then he became aggressive and forced her to perform sexual acts while he held her, the woman said in the statement.

As a result, she said in court documents, “He spent the hour convincing me that I had ‘remembered incorrectly’ … [but] I knew I hadn’t agreed.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-04/hollywood-producer-eric-weinberg-arrested-again-after-da-files-18-sex-and-assault-charges 18 sex charges against Hollywood producer Eric Weinberg

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