A new report alleges a long history of sexual assault for Californian writer/producer and Anger Management, who was arrested for rape in July.
In July, five-time Emmy nominee Eric Weinberg was arrested on 20 counts of sexual assault, including rape. He is currently free on $3.25 million bail. Now, a new revelation by The Hollywood Reporter has revealed the long road to Weinberg’s arrest and why one of the case’s investigators believes allegations of sexual assault, including rape, kidnapping, harassment and stalking, have “scratched the surface.”
Producer and co-executive writer for The Scrubs was arrested July 14 for sexual assault charges dating from 2012 to 2019. About 30 women have spoken to THR about their encounters with Weinberg, whom he allegedly approached in public throughout Los Angeles, and it listed him in Hollywood credentials with shows like “Californication” and “Anger Management” and persuaded them to take pictures for photo enthusiasts. Claims range from 2000 to 2021 and include claims across Oregon and New York as well as California.
Weinberg is accused of violent rape under the guise of a photo shoot or an OKCupid appointment. Weinberg’s alleged targets also included at least two underage girls, one of whom was a classmate of the Weinberg Children’s high school.
Claire Wilson, a Los Angeles artist, alleged Weinberg assaulted her, and in 2020 she issued a warning to other women in the area via a private Facebook group.
“I’m reaching out to see if any other women have run into this guy Eric Weinberg. I met him via a dating app, and although the evening started out consensual, he later violated my consent several times and forced me to do things I didn’t want to do Wilson wrote. “I want to know if anyone else has had any experiences with him. He’s such an outstanding screenwriter and producer and makes me feel sick physically to think maybe he does this all the time.”
Later that year, Weinberg’s wife, Hilary Bidwell, found the Facebook group after searching Google for “Eric Weinberg ‘sexual assault.'” She called Wilson to ask, “I want you to tell me everything you know about my husband.” (Wilson’s reply: “Would you Are you sure? It’s a lot.”)
Several women provided rape kits after meetings with Weinberg. In 2014, several women made allegations with Los Angeles law enforcement, but were told that there was not enough evidence to fully investigate the allegations. According to THR, in at least two cases, LAPD believed there was sufficient evidence to charge Weinberg, but the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office refused to prosecute.
Actress Azure Parsons, who met Weinberg when he was the presenter for one season on MTV’s “Death Valley,” told THR that he sexually harassed her for the duration of the show.
Years later, when she came home after walking her dog in 2014, she said a car pulled up next to her and a man started praising her curves and said how he would love to photograph her. She turned around and recognized Eric Weinberg, she says.
I yelled at him, “Are you kidding me?” Weinberg got off “obviously angry” from his car, “grabbed my arm and tried to drag me into the car,” she says. She ran away from him and ran, calling her manager and then the police. She says the police did not follow up with her.
Parsons was left wondering if Weinberg “looked at me and found where I live” or if he “does it so much” that he randomly approached her, though she suspects “that’s the last”.
Weinberg’s wife, Hilary Bidwell, has filed for divorce from the executive producer three times over the course of their two-decade marriage. Bidwell filed for divorce again in 2020 after discovering a handwritten record of targets from the women, tracking their routines and describing where to find them.
“We haven’t scratched the surface,” one of the investigators involved in the case told THR. “It beats the number of new women who come forward.”
Court records provided by Bidwell in a custody battle describe a pattern of “reckless, violent, and risky behaviour”, with Weinberg’s eldest son adding that Bidwill endured behavior that was “undoubtedly verbally abusive” at the hands of Weinberg.
The “Incorrect Politics” writer previously attended anger management courses and underwent treatment at the Sexual Rehabilitation Institute, as well as other sex addiction treatment programs. Coincidentally, two of the stars of Weinberg’s shows, David Duchovny in “California” and Charlie Sheen in “Anger Management,” also came forward with a sex addiction diagnosis and sought treatment.
Weinberg told formerly accused Wilson, who went on an OKCupid date with the producer, “He doesn’t have sex with Donald Trump, I wouldn’t say everything I say or do is perfect. I’m not perfect. I know it. I do my best. I do my best.” With every kind of therapy I can to make sure I’m making all the right decisions in life. I really, really am.”
Weinberg’s divorce attorney, Karen Silver, has released a statement regarding dozens of assault charges.
“As we have sadly seen these days, time and time again, a highly litigious and now serious custody dispute has given rise to strategically placed criminal allegations. These allegations have previously been investigated and reviewed by both law enforcement and family court in Los Angeles, and the findings continue to unfold. about the myriad of evidence, documents, and expert analysis that completely undermine the narrative that is now being released,” Silver stated. “Although Mr. Weinberg himself is prohibited from commenting on any aspect of this lawsuit due to court orders, family law rules and in the interest of his minor children, he will continue through counsel to cooperate in all aspects of this investigation and, if necessary, will address these allegations in the forum The only one that should matter – a public courtroom.”
You can read the full report at The Hollywood Reporter.
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