‘Scrubs’ producer Eric Weinberg accused of sexual assault

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER
Associated press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eric Weinberg, executive producer and screenwriter of the hit TV show “Scrubs” and more, has been charged with sexually assaulting five women he lured for photo shoots and he there could be many more victims, Los Angeles County prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Weinberg, 62, was arrested on Tuesday, nearly a week after being charged with 18 counts, including rape, oral copulation, forced sexual penetration, forcible sexual assault, false imprisonment by use of violence, assault by force likely to cause serious bodily harm and attempted forcible entry with a foreign object, according to the district attorney’s office.

He was released that day on $5 million bail. His arraignment was scheduled for October 25.

An email to a Weinberg agent seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Weinberg was charged with alleged attacks between 2014 and 2019, but investigators say they believe there may be other victims of assaults dating back to the 1990s, District Attorney George Gascón said during an interview. a press conference.

He urged them to come forward.

“The defendant relied on his Hollywood credentials to lure young women for photo shoots where he allegedly sexually assaulted them,” Gascón said. “Power and influence can corrupt some to hurt others, often leading to a lifetime of trauma for those who fall victim to it.”

LAPD Detective Ryan Lamar said investigators are reviewing information received from a tip line regarding possible further assaults by Weinberg.

Weinberg has already been investigated several times by police, but the prosecutor’s office did not press charges for lack of evidence, Gascón said.

Weinberg served as co-executive producer on nearly 100 episodes of the NBC hospital comedy-drama “Scrubs” between 2000 and 2006 and also wrote nearly a dozen episodes, according to IMDB.

He was also co-executive producer of “Californication” in 2007 and has produced and written credits on other shows, including “Anger Management,” “Men at Work,” “Veronica’s Closet,” and “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. “.

In 2020, documents filed in Weinberg’s divorce and custody proceedings included allegations from three women that he sexually assaulted them during photo shoots, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A woman claimed she met Weinberg at a North Hollywood cafe in 2014, when she was 22, and he convinced her to come to a photo shoot at his house where she stripped down to her underwear. The woman alleged that while taking photos, Weinberg grabbed her, forced her to perform oral sex, choked her and then raped her, according to documents cited by the Times.