In a dramatic moment at the Clara Shortridge Foltz courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, Rub Executive producer Eric Weinberg was remanded in custody as trial presiding officer Virginia Wilson agreed with prosecutors that he remained an active and trustworthy social hazard. Through his attorney, Weinberg pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of sexual assault. He was previously released on a $5 million bail.
Initially standing before the judge, Weinberg slumped on the wooden bench behind him as Wilson claimed that “the defendant had engaged in a form of violence against women for more than six years”.
Weinberg is charged with six counts of sexual penetration by force, four counts of oral intercourse, three counts of forced rape, two counts of sexual arousal by restraint, and one count of assault with a force capable of causing major bodily injury, attempted sexual penetration using force, and false imprisonment by violence. If convicted, he faces more than 100 years in prison.
Deputy District Attorney Marlene Martinez told the court, “We believe that [Weinberg] is a danger to society,” adding, “He approaches any young woman and uses his writer-producer status to manipulate these women.”
Weinberg’s defense attorney, Philip Cohen, argued against detaining his client, instead suggesting less restrictive measures such as “don’t use social media, don’t talk to any women women you don’t know, don’t go to certain places.” Cohen said the court may even impose house arrest.
Judge Wilson dismissed the proposals and pointed out that “the violations occurred in the safety and privacy of his home.”
Since his first arrest in July, Martinez told the court that the LAPD had received more than 70 tips on Weinberg and was now interviewing more alleged victims. Two sheriff’s deputies led Weinberg out of the courtroom in handcuffs.
Martinez was not immediately available for comment after the hearing.
Micha Star Liberty, an attorney for the victims, told The Hollywood Reporter, “Justice was served today. It was gratifying that the judge found enough factual charges to declare Weinberg a serial rapist.”
Weinberg was first arrested in July for alleged sexual assault.
In a recent survey, more than two dozen women spoke to CHEAP Allegations of a pattern of predatory behavior and misconduct have resurfaced since 2000, including statements involving minors.
Women describe how Weinberg uses photography as a pretense to get closer to them, often listing his Hollywood credits to build credibility and credibility. Some said Weinberg would pressure them to take off their clothes during the scenes. Many women also described Weinberg engaging in sexual activity without their consent, frequently photographing the acts as they took place.
Four floors above the downtown courtroom where Weinberg was charged, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and actor Danny Masterson were charged with rape in a separate trial. Weinstein pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of rape, forced oral and sexual intercourse. He is serving a 23-year prison sentence after being convicted of sexual assault in New York.
Masterson appeared in court for claiming he raped three women between 2001 and 2003. Masterson, who starred in the hit sitcom That’s 70 performances, plead not guilty. The actor also appeared in the comedy Man at workWritten and co-executed by Weinberg for a season in 2012.
Martinez, the prosecutor in Weinberg’s case, was a co-chair in the Weinstein case. Cohen, Weinberg’s defense attorney, also represented Masterson.
Weinberg was first arrested in 2014 after 22-year-old Kayra Raecke alleged to the LAPD that Weinberg raped her during a photo shoot at her home in Los Feliz. During the shoot, she said CHEAPWeinberg took off her clothes and assaulted her. A police report made shortly after the alleged incident describes how Weinberg “started strangling Kayra with one hand and taking pictures.”
Raecke’s report triggered an investigation and Weinberg’s arrest. In June 2014, an LAPD detective filed the case with the district attorney’s office, where Deputy District Attorney Teresa de Castro refused to prosecute, citing “insufficient evidence.”
Again, in 2016, law enforcement recommended charging Weinberg to the district attorney’s office for allegedly having an unprovoked sexual relationship with an unnamed woman that took place in 2014. again during a photo session at his home. While the deputy district attorney in the case noted in the allegation review that Weinberg was “under investigation for the same conduct involving a separate victim” and found Weinberg’s conduct “inappropriate”. appropriate”, but he still refused to prosecute.
Raecke and dozens of others with similar stories got to know each other in 2020 after seeing Facebook posts by artist Claire Wilson, who met Weinberg on OkCupid in December 2019.
Weinberg was a steady presence in the writing rooms from the late 1990s to 2016. Most notably, he worked on the hit NBC show Rub from 2002 to 2006, as a co-executive producer for over 100 episodes. He held the same position in a season of Showtime’s David Duchovny Communicateas well as FX’s Anger Management starring Charlie Sheen. He has received five Emmy Award nominations for his work Rub and Politics is not right with Bill Maher.