The former executive producer for the sitcom Scrubs is facing serious legal charges. Some are from incidents that allegedly occurred as far back as perhaps the 1990s. Eric Weinberg, 61, also served as a writer for Scrubs and Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect.
The18 charges brought against him include rape, oral copulation, sexual battery, false imprisonment, assault by means to cause great bodily harm, and forcible penetration by a foreign object.
Prior charges against Weinberg were dismissed due to a lack of evidence. But the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has relaunched the investigation after new allegations surfaced.
Eric Weinberg Charged With Sexual Assault
“It wasn’t until detectives received a recent late-reported rape that they opened another investigation into Weinberg,” LAPD officials told the LA Times. “It was…this new reported crime that led detectives to the additional victims being identified.”
While Weinberg was charged for alleged assaults between 2014-19, investigators believe there could be victims dating back to the 1990s. Weinberg was charged for alleged attacks between 2014 and 2019.
“The defendant relied on his Hollywood credentials to lure young women for photo shoots where he allegedly sexually assaulted them,” LA District Attorney George Gascón said at a news conference. “Power and influence can corrupt some to hurt others, that often leads to a lifetime of trauma for those who are victimized.”
Scrubs initially aired on NBC in 2001 for seven seasons, then moved to ABC for its eighth and ninth seasons. It remains popular in syndication. The show stars Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke and Donald Faison. It follows the lives of employees at the fictional Sacred Heart Hospital.