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Eric Weinberg Accused of Rape in Two Civil Suits

Two nameless civil fits have been filed in opposition to former Scrubs author and govt producer Eric Weinberg, accusing him of two separate sexual assaults in 2019 and in search of unspecified common and punitive damages.

The Hollywood Reporter is conscious of the identities of the plaintiffs however has agreed to take care of their anonymity.

Weinberg, a gentle presence in writers rooms from the mid-Nineties to 2016, was arrested in July and pleaded not responsible to 18 costs of sexual assault, together with rape. He is presently in custody awaiting trial. In a current investigation, greater than two dozen girls spoke with THR alleging a sample of predatory conduct and misconduct going again so far as 2000, together with claims involving minors.

Women described how Weinberg would use pictures as a pretense to get nearer to them, typically itemizing his Hollywood credit so as to set up credibility and belief. Some say Weinberg would strain them throughout shoots into taking off clothes. Multiple girls additionally described Weinberg as partaking in sexual exercise with out their consent, often photographing the acts as they happened.

Weinberg labored as a author and govt producer on the hit NBC present Scrubs from 2002 to 2006. He held the identical place for one season of Showtime’s David Duchovny car Californication, in addition to FX’s Anger Management, starring Charlie Sheen. He acquired 5 Emmy nominations for his work on Scrubs and Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher.

The first suit, introduced by a lady known as A.B., alleges that Weinberg “lured” A.B. to his dwelling the place he assaulted her in December 2019. The two met on a courting app and exchanged “numerous text messages, where Weinberg came across as charming, considerate and respectful of sexual boundaries,” the swimsuit reads. The two met at a close-by cocktail bar earlier than decamping for Weinberg’s Los Feliz dwelling.

As the 2 crossed the brink of Weinberg’s home, Weinberg requested A.B. about her profession, the swimsuit reads. But, as she began to reply, “Weinberg shockingly unzipped his pants and exposed his penis to A.B.,” it says. According to the swimsuit, Weinberg then requested if it may “jerk it” as A.B. “talked about her work accomplishments.”

The alleged “sudden change in behavior” triggered a trauma response, the swimsuit reads, a response wherein “survival reflexes and passivity habits often take over and the victim avoids creating a scene or bruising the sexual offender’s ego in order to ensure survival.”

Plaintiff’s legal professional Micha Star Liberty says “it’s important to understand” how these autonomic survival instincts can impression a survivor’s frame of mind. “In this case, women made certain decisions that may not appear rational to other people, but are actually the brain functioning in a way to protect them from violence or threats to their life,” she says.

Though Weinberg initially appeared to respect A.B.’s boundaries, in line with the swimsuit, he went on to assault A.B., allegedly forcing her to carry out sexual acts. The civil swimsuit claims that A.B. believes that Weinberg filmed parts of the encounter with out her consent.

The swimsuit contends that A.B. “suffered, and continues to suffer, physical, emotional, and economic injuries” because of the alleged assault and seeks common and punitive damages for sexual assault, sexual battery, gender violence, assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional misery and negligence.

The second suit stems from claims made by a lady known as C.D., who encountered Weinberg in February 2019 at a grocery retailer car parking zone. Weinberg launched himself as an govt producer for Scrubs and “offered her the opportunity to participate in a photo shoot” and assist with beginning a modeling profession.

Similar to accounts by different girls who’ve beforehand spoken with THR, Weinberg confirmed C.D. examples of his pictures and images of his spouse and kids. Weinberg informed the plaintiff that “he had done photo shoots for a lot of Disney stars” and may very well be trusted, the swimsuit says. In subsequent textual content conversations described by the swimsuit, C.D. specified that she was not comfy with “erotica”-type images.

C.D., in line with the swimsuit, “is a neurodivergent young woman who has been diagnosed with ADHD, which makes her less attuned to social cues and particularly vulnerable to a sexual predator like Weinberg.”

At Weinberg’s dwelling, he allegedly photographed C.D. in his daughter’s bed room, the place “he disregarded his prior assurances” and informed C.D. to take away her shirt, the swimsuit says. The swimsuit describes how Weinberg, rising upset at C.D.’s noncompliance along with his more and more sexual directions, proceeded to assault her.  

“After Weinberg had finished assaulting C.D., he stood between her and the door and demanded assurance that she would not tell the police he had raped her,” in line with the swimsuit. “C.D. assured Weinberg she would not and he let her leave.”

The swimsuit seeks common and punitive damages for sexual assault, sexual battery, gender violence, sexual harassment, assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional misery and negligence.

Lawyers for Weinberg didn’t reply to a request for remark. In a earlier assertion, Weinberg’s divorce legal professional Karen Silver characterised related claims as “strategically placed criminal allegations” stemming from an “acrimonious custody dispute.”

“These claims have previously been investigated and reviewed by both law enforcement and the Los Angeles family court and the results have continued to unveil a myriad of evidence, documentation and expert analysis that wholly undermine the narrative now being promulgated,” she stated.

The two fits add to Weinberg’s rising authorized troubles after a Los Angeles Superior Court choose revoked his $5 million bail and remanded him into custody at an Oct. 25 bail listening to, describing him as a possible “serial rapist” and a hazard to society. Weinberg has pleaded not responsible to 18 costs of sexual assault, together with rape.

The prosecutor assigned to Weinberg’s case, Deputy District Attorney Marlene Martinez, informed the court docket in October that regulation enforcement has acquired a flood of further recommendations on Weinberg since his preliminary arrest in July and is interviewing extra alleged victims.

Liberty, who represents others with claims in opposition to Weinberg, says that she is exploring further civil fits. Liberty has additionally appeared in felony court docket as an advocate for among the Jane Doe accusers as per the California Victims’ Bill of Rights, also referred to as Marsy’s Law.

“We may not ever know the full extent of the damage that he’s done, but for those women who are ready and brave enough to step forward, they should have access to accountability through the civil justice system and retrieve damages due to them so they can do their best to rebuild their lives,” Liberty says.

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