A well-known Hollywood producer was arrested Thursday on multiple sexual assault charges for alleged crimes spanning several years. Eric Weinberg, a co-executive producer on “Scrubs” and “Californication,” was taken into custody by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) authorities in connection with a series of rapes which officials say occurred between 2012 and 2019.
Scrubs co-executive producer Eric Weinberg arrested on multiple sexual assault charges
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Weinberg is accused of targeting women in grocery stores, coffee shops, and other public places throughout Los Angeles County, the LAPD confirmed in a press release.
Police described Weinberg as a “serial sexual assault suspect” who approach women pretending to be a photographer. After arranging photo shoots with multiple women, the Hollywood producer would allegedly lure victims to his home, at which time he would sexually assault them.
LAPD authorities arrested Weinberg at his Los Feliz home on Thursday. He has reportedly been booked for multiple sexual assaults including rape. Weinberg’s bail has been set at $3.2 million, according to FOX 11 Los Angeles.
A report from Deadline noted that LAPD Detectives are expected to pass their investigation over the L.A. County District Attorney’s office “soon.”
“When the case is submitted, we will review it and determine if charges are appropriate,” a spokesperson for L.A. District Attorney George Gascón told Deadline Thursday regarding the Weinberg arrest.
The LAPD indicated Weinberg may have actually been committing sexual assaults such as rape since the early 1990s. Accordingly, authorities believe many additional survivors harmed by Weinberg may have yet to come forward.
Anyone with information related to a sexual assault committed by Weinberg or the ongoing investigation, or who knows of someone who may have been targeted by him, is urged to contact the LAPD immediately at 323-561-3272 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buzzfeed.com reported that a representative for Weinberg could not immediately be reached for comment. The media outlet reportedly attempted to contact his former manager’s office, but they declined to comment, indicating that they “haven’t worked with him in years.”
Deadline reported that Weinberg’s career included many credits up until the end of the first decade of the 21st century, such as co-executive producing over 100 episodes of “Scrubs” from 2001-2007 on NBC and ABC. The alleged sexual predator is reportedly a five-time Emmy Awards nominee who also has producing and writing credits on series such as “Anger Management,” “Men at Work,” and “Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher.”
Sexual Assaults are Commonly Underreported
Sexual assaults are unfortunately not reported nearly as often as they occur. But the reasons for why survivors may choose to not come forward can vary considerably on a case-by-case basis.
According to Dordulian Law Group’s partner organization – the anti-sexual violence non-profit RAINN – of the sexual assaults not reported to police from 2005-2010, the survivor gave the following reasons not wishing to come forward:
- 20% feared retaliation
- 13% believed the police would not do anything to help
- 13% believed it was a personal matter
- 8% reported to a different official
- 8% believed it was not important enough to report
- 7% did not want to get the perpetrator in trouble
- 2% believed the police could not do anything to help
- 30% gave another reason, or did not cite one reason
- 28% to protect the household or victim from further crimes by the offender
- 25% to stop the incident or prevent recurrence or escalation
- 21% to improve police surveillance or they believed they had a duty to do so
- 17% to catch/punish/prevent offender from reoffending
- 6% gave a different answer, or declined to cite one reason
- 3% did so to get help or recover loss
How to File a Los Angeles, California, Sexual Assault Lawsuit
California sexual assault survivors may choose to bring civil lawsuits in an effort to recover financial compensation for various types of losses. Depending on the circumstances of your sex crime, compensatory damages may be pursued and recovered through a civil claim.
Some common damages that may be secured through a California sexual assault or abuse civil claim include:
- Counseling or therapy expenses
- Emotional trauma
- Psychological distress
- Loss of consortium
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Hospital or medical expenses
How Long Do I Have to File a Sexual Assault Civil Lawsuit for Damages?
Adult survivors of sexual assault and abuse are able to file civil claims up to 10 years after an incident according to the California statute of limitations on sex crimes. Moreover, the statute of limitations allows for a three-year window in civil claims where sexual assaults lead to the discovery of a psychological injury, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
To read more about the California statute of limitations on sexual assault civil and criminal lawsuits, please visit our in-depth blog.
Contact a Sexual Assault Lawyer to File a Claim for Damages
DLG offers sexual assault survivors a unique type of legal representation which includes a four-tiered team of professionals known as the SAJE Team (Sexual Assault Justice Experts):
- Tier I: Samuel Dordulian, former sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Loa Angeles County with over 100 jury trial victories throughout his 25-year career
- Tier II: Moses Castillo, DLG’s in-house Chief Investigator and a retired LAPD sex crimes detective
- Tier III: Two in-house licensed and accredited victim advocates
- Tier IV: An in-house licensed clinical therapist
At DLG, our Sex Crimes Division attorneys have the skill, dedication, and experience you need to secure the justice you deserve. And our recent results speak volumes about the type of aggressive and winning litigation we offer survivors:
- An undisclosed multi-million dollar settlement for a rideshare rape survivor
- An undisclosed multi-million dollar settlement for a rape survivor who had met a man on a ‘Sugar Daddy’ website
- An undisclosed maximum damages award for minimal contact under the eggshell plaintiff rule
- A $675,000 settlement secured under AB 218 for a client who wished to remain anonymous
Contact a member of DLG’s SAJE Team today at 818-322-4056 to learn more about your options for obtaining justice for a sexual assault crime through a civil lawsuit. Our sexual assault lawyers have helped victims recover more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts while maintaining a 98% success record.