UPDATED with details from press conference, 3:51 pm: Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón gave more details about the Eric Weinberg case during a news conference today, setting out the 18-count indictment on charges including rape, sexual battery and false incarceration through assault.
“The defendant relied on his Hollywood credentials to lure young women into photo shoots where he allegedly sexually abused them,” Gascón said. “Power and influence can corrupt some to hurt others, often leading to lifelong trauma for those affected.”
The arraignment of the experienced TV producer and writer Weinberg is scheduled for October 25.
The charges include six counts of sexual penetration by force, four counts of oral copulation, three counts of forcible rape, two counts of sexual assault by coercion and one count each of assault with potential for serious bodily harm, attempted sexual penetration by use of force and false imprisonment by force.
According to the indictment, Weinberg approached two women in public locations on two separate occasions in 2014, saying that he was a photographer. In any case, he was in contact with the victims who eventually went to his home where he is accused of sexually abusing them.
In 2017, the indictment says, the defendant used the same ruse to return a young woman to his home where he allegedly sexually assaulted her. Weinberg is also accused of sexually abusing two women in separate incidents in 2018 and 2019.
Read more details of the case below.
PREVIOUS, 11:53 AM: Veteran TV producer and writer Eric Weinberg has been indicted by Los Angeles County prosecutors on 18 charges, Deadline has confirmed.
Weinberg, the long-acting one scrubs co-executive producer, who was initially arrested in July and released on a $3.225 million bond, was arrested again Tuesday and later released on a $5 million bond.
The charges relate to a series of rapes that police say took place between 2012 and 2019. As we previously reported, according to the LAPD, Weinberg rapaciously targeted women in their twenties and thirties “in supermarkets, coffee shops and other public places” and would try to convince them to participate in a photo shoot. If the women agreed to be photographed by Weinberg, his modus operandi was to rape them during the private session at his home.
Among his many credits until the end of the first decade of the 21st century, Weinberg was a co-EP for more than 100 episodes of scrubs during the 2001-07 comedy run on NBC and later ABC. The five-time Emmy nominee was also supervising producer and writer for an additional two dozen episodes of the series. His most recent credit was in 2016 as an executive producer of Epix comedy series to dig.
Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.