Eric Weinberg, a co-executive producer and author for the 2000s TV comedy Scrubs, was arrested once more on Tuesday and charged with 18 counts of sexual abuse and assault by the Los Angeles County District Lawyer’s Workplace.
The arrest was made days after costs — together with rape, oral copulation, sexual battery, false imprisonment, assault by means to trigger nice bodily hurt and 6 counts of forcible penetration by a overseas object — had been filed. He was taken into custody Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. and he was launched after posting $5 million bail by midnight.
District Lawyer George Gascón is predicted to carry a press conference later this afternoon to element the fees towards Weinberg, who additionally was a producer on Showtime’s Californication and FX’s Anger Administration.
Weinberg was initially arrested in July over costs together with rape, allegedly dedicated between 2012 and 2019. He was launched after posting $3,225,000 bail.
At the moment, Los Angeles Police Division investigators stated Weinberg appeared to have focused ladies of their 20s and 30s in grocery shops, espresso outlets and different public locations claiming to be a photographer. He allegedly arrange photoshoots with them at his residence the place he “would sexually assault them.” Authorities sought further unidentified victims — way back to the early ’90s — urging them to return ahead.
The Hollywood Reporter spoke to a few of his accusers for a narrative that ran on Sept. 1. Greater than two dozen ladies alleged a sample of predatory habits and misconduct going again a long time. A few of the allegations, as early as 2000 when he labored on Scrubs, included claims of inappropriate conduct involving minors.
Most of the ladies stated Weinberg, who obtained 5 Emmy nominations for his work on Scrubs and Politically Incorrect With Invoice Maher, used his Hollywood resume to determine credibility after which pressured them throughout shoots into taking off their clothes. A number of ladies alleged nonconsensual sexual exercise and claimed he regularly photographed them throughout it.
Weinberg beforehand averted comparable costs. He was arrested in 2014 when then 22-year-old Kayra Raecke alleged to LAPD that he had raped her throughout a photoshoot at his house. Raecke claimed Weinberg choked her with one hand and took pictures with the opposite. She advised authorities she thought she might die through the alleged assault. The deputy district lawyer on the time declined to prosecute, citing “inadequate proof.”
In 2016, regulation enforcement beneficial costs towards Weinberg for a unique alleged nonconsensual sexual encounter with an unidentified girl. Once more, the district lawyer declined to cost as a result of there was “no proof that the defendant used drive, threats or intimidation.”
The Hollywood Reporter‘s story stated Weinberg stored data of his encounters. In 2008, his then-wife Hilary Bidwell, allegedly discovered nude pictures and papers with names and numbers of tons of of ladies, a lot of them accompanied by areas — like grocery retailer, library, health club — the place they met. He stated they had been from previous headshot shoots he would do. They separated once more after Raecke’s allegation however did not formally divorce. Then in 2020, she began proceedings after a ladies reached out to her alleging Weinberg was inappropriate along with her minor daughter.
That drove Bidwell to rent a personal investigation agency to see if there have been different accusers. She found a Fb submit by artist Claire Wilson cautioning ladies towards Weinberg, whom she accused of sexually assaulting her after they met on OKCupid. Different ladies commented recounting their very own alleged encounters with Weinberg. A number of accusers have since banded collectively and retained an lawyer.
Weinberg denied the allegations, beforehand releasing a press release to THR by his divorce lawyer, saying they stem from his bitter divorce.
“As we’ve sadly seen lately, repeatedly, a closely litigated and acrimonious custody dispute has now given rise to strategically positioned prison allegations,” he stated. “These claims have beforehand been investigated and reviewed by each regulation enforcement and the Los Angeles household court docket and the outcomes wholly undermine the narrative now being promulgated. Although Mr. Weinberg himself is precluded from commenting on any facet of this litigation as a consequence of court docket orders, household regulation guidelines and in one of the best pursuits of his minor youngsters, he’ll proceed by counsel to cooperate in all facets of this investigation and, if needed, will tackle these allegations in the one discussion board that ought to matter — a public courtroom.”