‘Scrubs’ producer Eric Weinberg pleads not guilty to assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eric Weinberg, executive producer of the hit TV series “Scrubs,” was denied bail on Tuesday after pleading not guilty to sexually assaulting five women that prosecutors said attracted for photo shoots.

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

Weinberg pleaded not guilty at arraignment on Tuesday and his attorneys pleaded for his release pending the next court appearance.

Prosecutors called Weinberg a potential danger to society. Superior Court Judge Victoria B. Wilson granted and denied bail while ordering Weinberg’s detention until he returns to court on November 15.

Weinberg, 62, was charged for alleged attacks between 2014 and 2019, but investigators said they believe there may be other victims of assaults dating back to the 1990s, the district attorney said. George Gascón at a press conference on October 6. He urged these victims to come forward.

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

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.