Eric Weinberg, an government producer and author for the hit TV present “Scrubs” and plenty of others, has been charged with sexually assaulting 5 girls that he lured to photograph shoots, and there may very well be many extra victims, Los Angeles County prosecutors introduced Wednesday.
Weinberg, 62, was arrested Tuesday, almost per week after he was charged with 18 felony counts together with rape, oral copulation, forcible sexual penetration, sexual battery by restraint, false imprisonment by use of violence, assault by the use of pressure more likely to trigger nice bodily damage and tried forcible penetration with a overseas object, in line with the district lawyer’s workplace.
He was launched that day on a $5 million bond. His arraignment was scheduled for Oct. 25.
An e-mail to an agent for Weinberg in search of remark wasn’t instantly returned.
Weinberg was charged for alleged assaults between 2014 and 2019, however investigators say they imagine there could also be different victims of assaults relationship again to the Nineteen Nineties, District Legal professional George Gascón mentioned at a information convention.
He urged them to return ahead.
“The defendant relied on his Hollywood credentials to lure younger girls for photograph shoots the place he allegedly sexually assaulted them,” Gascón mentioned. “Energy and affect can corrupt some to harm others, that always results in a lifetime of trauma for many who are victimized.”
LAPD Detective Ryan Lamar mentioned investigators have been trying into info acquired from a tip line relating to attainable different assaults by Weinberg.
Weinberg was beforehand investigated a number of instances by police, however the DA’s workplace did not file fees for lack of proof, Gascón mentioned.
Weinberg was co-executive producer on almost 100 episodes of the NBC hospital dramedy “Scrubs” between 2000 and 2006 and in addition wrote almost a dozen episodes, in line with the IMDB web site.
He additionally was co-executive producer for “Californication” in 2007 and had producing and writing credit on different exhibits, together with “Anger Administration,” “Males at Work,” “Veronica’s Closet” and “Politically Incorrect with Invoice Maher.”
In 2020, paperwork filed in Weinberg’s divorce and baby custody proceedings included allegations by three girls that he sexually assaulted them throughout photograph shoots, the Los Angeles Instances reported.
One girl alleged that she met Weinberg at a North Hollywood espresso store in 2014 when she was 22 and he satisfied her to return to a photograph shoot at his house the place she stripped to her underwear. The lady alleged that whereas taking images, Weinberg grabbed her, pressured to carry out oral intercourse, choked her after which raped her, in line with paperwork cited by the Instances.