UPDATED with details from news conference, 3:51 PM: Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón gave more details about the Eric Weinberg case during a news conference today, outlining the 18-count indictment for charges including rape, sexual battery and false imprisonment by violence.
“The defendant relied on his Hollywood credentials to lure young women for photo shoots where he allegedly sexually assaulted them,” Gascón said. “Power and influence can corrupt some to hurt others that often leads to a lifetime of trauma for those who are victimized.”
Veteran TV producer and writer Weinberg’s arraignment is set for October 25.
The charges include six counts of sexual penetration by use of force, four counts of oral copulation, three counts of forcible rape, two counts of sexual battery by restraint and one count each of assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury, attempted sexual penetration by use of force and false imprisonment by violence.
According to the indictment, on two separate occasions in 2014, Weinberg approached two women at public locations and told them he was a photographer. In each instance, he was in communication with the victims who eventually went to his home where he is accused of sexually assaulting them.
In 2017, the indictment reads, the defendant used the same ruse to bring a young woman back to his house where he allegedly sexually assaulted her. Weinberg is also accused of sexually assaulting two women in separate incidents in 2018 and 2019.
Read more details of the case below.
PREVIOUSLY, 11:53 AM: Veteran TV producer and writer Eric Weinberg has been charged with 18 counts of sexual assault by Los Angeles County prosecutors, Deadline has confirmed.
Weinberg, the long-serving Scrubs co-executive producer, who initially was arrested in July and released on $3.225 million bond, was re-arrested Tuesday and later released on $5 million bond.
The charges relate to a series of rapes that the police say occurred between 2012 and 2019. As we previously reported, according to the LAPD, Weinberg predatorily singled out women in their 20s and 30s “in grocery stores, coffee shops and other public places” and would try to convince them to participate in a photo shoot. If the women agreed to have their picture taken by Weinberg, his modus operandi was to rape them during the secluded session at his home.
Among his many credits up until the end of the first decade of the 21st century, Weinberg was co-EP for more than 100 episodes of Scrubs during the comedy’s 2001-07 run on NBC and later ABC. The five-time Emmy nominee also served as supervising producer and writer on about another two dozen episodes of the series. His most recent credit was in 2016 as executive producer on Epix comedy series Graves.
Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.