Eric Weinberg, an Emmy-nominated Hollywood writer and co-executive producer of ‘Scrubs’ and ‘Californication,’ was arrested on Thursday on multiple sexual assault charges for rapes dating back to 2012 and possibly much earlier, said said the LAPD.
According to an arrest report, Weinberg approached young women in grocery stores, cafes and other public places, claiming he was a photographer who wanted to arrange photo shoots. Once the women arrived at his Los Feliz residence, he sexually assaulted them at some point in the process, police said.
Representatives for Weinberg did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday. The report identifies him as a “serial assault suspect” and asks for other potential victims to come forward.
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The LAPD says it believes the victims could return as early as 1990. Anyone with information is asked to contact the department at (323) 561-3272 or [email protected]
Weinberg was an executive producer, co-executive producer, or consulting producer on 10 high-profile television shows dating back to 2005, including “Veronica’s Closet” and Charlie Sheen’s post-collapse show “Anger Management” from 2013-2014. He was a writer on that show, as well as several others — including Bill Maher’s “Scrubs” and “Politically Incorrect,” for which Weinberg earned Emmy nominations. He collected five nominations from 1995 to 2006 but did not win.
Weinberg’s arrest comes amid a wave of post-MeToo moves by Hollywood producers, directors and operators accused of sex crimes in recent months.
‘Crash’ director Paul Haggis has denied wrongdoing in a reported rape by a Briton at an Italian film festival earlier this summer. 30-year-old woman says she was repeatedly raped over several days; Haggis says the meeting was consensual and the woman’s statement “seemed rehearsed”.
A Santa Barbara judge recently dismissed all charges against ‘Atomic Blonde’ and ‘Extraction’ producer David Guillod, accused by ‘Ted’ actress Jessica Barth of a 2012 attack and another incident involving an unnamed waitress who said she was raped in 2018. The case was thrown out because proper jurisdiction could not be determined and was referred to Los Angeles prosecutors.
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Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.