Television producer Eric Weinberg, who was involved with the sitcom Scrubs, has been charged with 18 different counts of sexual assault, as per Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón. The alleged crimes were committed between 2014 and 2019. The accused is currently out on a $5-million bond.
While explaining the charges brought against Weinberg, Gascón said, “The defendant relied on his Hollywood credentials to lure young women for photo shoots where he allegedly sexually assaulted them”. He further added, “Power and influence can corrupt some to hurt others that often leads to a lifetime of trauma for those who are victimized. My office’s Bureau of Victim Services is here to help in the healing process to ensure all victims have the guidance and support they need on the road to recovery.”
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Variety reported that Weinberg was arrested in late July 2022. However, he was later released and arrested again when new charges surfaced. The case, which is being investigated by the LAPD, was filed for a warrant on September 30.
Among the charges that have been brought against Weinberg, six are of forceful sexual penetration, while there are four oral copulation charges. Forceful rape charges are three in total. There are also two charges of restraint and sexual battery. Three more charges brought against the 62-year-old include assault using force for causing bodily harm, using violence for false imprisonment, and forceful attempt of sexual penetration.
The first incidents reported against Weinberg took place in 2014 when he falsely claimed to two women that he was a photographer and took them to his home, where he sexually assaulted them. He repeated this in 2017, 2018, as well as 2019.
Besides being the executive producer of Scrubs, Weinberg has also worked on shows like Californication, Graves, and Veronica’s Closet. He has received five Primetime Emmy nominations in the course of his career.