Eric Weinberg, the executive producer of “Scrubs,” was recently arrested on eighteen counts of sexual assault and abuse and posted bail of $5 million.
The former executive producer of the ABC comedy Scrubs Eric Weinberg is in more legal trouble.
The Los Angeles Times reports that on Tuesday, Weinberg was arrested in Los Angeles on 18 felony counts, including rape, oral copulation, sexual battery, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, and forcible penetration by a foreign object.
On September 28th, more than two months after his initial arrest for alleged sexual assaults dating back to 2012, new charges were reportedly filed.
On Tuesday night, Weinberg was released from jail after posting $5 million bail. The 61-year-old has worked as an executive producer and screenwriter on shows like Scrubs, Californication, Anger Management, and Men at Work, and he was a writer for the controversial Bill Maher show Politically Incorrect.
Both Charlie Sheen and Danny Masterson, stars of the latter two, have had their reputations tarnished by allegations of inappropriate or illegal behavior.
The previous charges against the producer were dropped because of a lack of evidence. After hearing a new assault claim, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office resumed its investigation.
The Times quotes LAPD officials as saying, “it wasn’t until detectives received a recent late-reported rape that they opened another investigation into Weinberg.” According to the article, “it was…this newly reported crime that led detectives to identify the additional victims.”
The indictment alleges two separate sexual assaults by Weinberg against women in 2014. He allegedly pretended to be a photographer and approached the victims in public places, before inviting them to his house.
Upon entering the house, the producer allegedly attacked the woman, according to the accusers. Multiple women have accused him of sexual assault in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
“The defendant relied on his Hollywood credentials to lure young women for photo shoots where he allegedly sexually assaulted them,” LA DA George Gascón said at a press conference on Wednesday. Victims of those who abuse their position of power can be left with psychological scars that last a lifetime, as the saying goes.
The LAT reports that police have named at least eight victims of Weinberg’s alleged assaults.
In October 2020, during Weinberg’s divorce and child custody hearing, the allegations of abuse were brought to light. Three of his alleged victims testified during the proceedings.
“Eric raped and physically assaulted me in 2014 after convincing me to come to his home for a photo shoot,” one of the women said in a declaration submitted to a family court. She continued, saying Weinberg gave off an expert impression at first, but that he changed once she entered his private space.
The woman consented to remove her undergarments and bra and was reportedly told to apply lotion “because it was good for the lighting” in the 2020 declaration.
She stated, “Eric started taking off my underwear while he was applying lotion to my back.” I did not give Eric permission to put his tongue on me or undress me, and he has never had my permission to do either. In the dark, I was terrified, not knowing what was going on. I was at a loss as to how to evade him. “I went into complete and utter shock.”
She claimed Weinberg finally choked her “so hard that I thought I was going to pass out” and forced her to have oral sex with him. His lawyer characterized the allegations as an effort to “limit his role as a parent” and called them “blatant.”
The court date for Eric Weinberg’s arraignment is near the end of the month.
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