Eric Weinberg, ‘Scrubs’ producer, charged with multiple sexual assaults, DA announced




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A Hollywood television producer has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, including rape, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced Wednesday.

Eric Weinberg, the producer and writer of “Scrubs,” “Californication” and “Veronica’s Closet,” faces 18 charges related to five women between 2014 and 2019, according to the complaint obtained by CNN.

“The defendant relied on his position of influence to lure the young women he sexually assaulted into photo shoots,” Gascón said at a press conference on Wednesday. “We will hold accountable anyone who commits such actions, regardless of your job, your wealth or your privilege,” he promised.

According to the District Attorney, in 2014 Weinberg told two different women he was a photographer, invited them to his home and sexually assaulted them. The District Attorney said in 2017, Weinberg pulled the same trick on another woman. According to the complaint, two women are accused of sexual assault in 2018 and 2019.

Weinberg is charged with one count of sexual penetration by force, four counts of oral copulation, three counts of rape, two counts of sexual battery by restraint and one count each of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, attempted sex. entry by force, and false imprisonment by violence, the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office said.

Since Weinberg’s initial arrest in July, dozens of potential victims have been contacted by law enforcement and each incident will be reviewed for possible charges, the District Attorney’s Office said.

“In this particular case, we have a man who could have done a lot of damage and yet remained untouchable, and he did so for many years,” said Gascon.

Weinberg was arrested Tuesday and posted a $5 million bond, Gascon said, after he asked the judge for no bail, which was denied.

“As we predicted, he used his incredible wealth to make the ransom,” Gascon said. Weinberg is due in court on October 25.

CNN is seeking comment from Weinberg’s attorney.