The Long and Sordid Claims Against “Scrubs” Producer and accused rapist Eric Weinberg

In July, five-time Emmy nominee Eric Weinberg was arrested on 20 counts of sexual assault, including rape. He currently remains free on $3.25 million bail. Now, a new exposé from The Hollywood Reporter reveals the long road to Weinberg’s arrest and why a detective on the case believes allegations of sexual assault, including rape, kidnapping, harassment and stalking, are just “scratching the surface.” .

The “Scrubs” co-executive producer and writer was arrested on July 14 on sexual harassment charges dating from 2012 to 2019. About 30 women spoke to THR about their encounters with Weinberg, who allegedly approached them in public venues throughout Los Angeles. credentials with shows like “Californication” and “Anger Management,” and convinced them to pose for his amateur photo. The claims range from 2000 to 2021 and include claims throughout Oregon and New York as well as California.

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Weinberg is accused of aggravated rape under the guise of OKCupid photo shoots or dating. Weinberg’s alleged targets also included at least two underage girls, one of whom was a high school classmate of Weinberg’s sons.

Claire Wilson, an artist in Los Angeles, claimed Weinberg assaulted her and in 2020 warned other women in the area through a private Facebook group.

“I am reaching out to see if other women have met this man Eric Weinberg. I met him through a dating app and although the night started out consensual, he later violated my consent multiple 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 experience with it. He’s a prominent writer and producer, and it makes me physically sick to think that he probably does this all the time.”

Later that year, Weinberg’s wife, Hilary Bidwell, found the Facebook group after Googling “sexual assault on Eric Weinberg.” She called Wilson to demand, “I want you to tell me everything you know about my husband.” (Wilson’s response: “Are you sure? It’s a lot.”)

Several women filed rape kits after meetings with Weinberg. In 2014, several women made allegations to Los Angeles law enforcement, only to be told there was insufficient evidence to fully investigate the allegations. According to THR, in at least two cases the LAPD believed there was enough evidence to charge Weinberg, but the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office declined to prosecute.

Actress Azure Parsons, who met Weinberg when he hosted MTV’s “Death Valley,” told THR that he sexually harassed her throughout the show.

Years later, on her way home from walking her dog in 2014, she says a car pulled up next to her and a man started complimenting her curves and saying how he’d like to take her picture. He turned around and recognized Eric Weinberg, he says.

She screamed at him, “Are you kidding me?” A “visibly angry” Weinberg got out of his car, “grabbed my arm and tried to pull me into the car,” he says. She got 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 for me and found out where I live” or if he “just does it so much” that he happened to approach her by accident, though he suspects “it’s the latter.”

Weinberg’s wife, Hilary Bidwell, filed for divorce from the executive producer three times during their two-decade marriage. Bidwell filed for divorce again in 2020 after discovering a handwritten record of female targets, tracking their routines and descriptions of where to find them.

“We haven’t scratched the surface,” a detective involved in the case told THR. “It’s overwhelming the number of young women who have come forward.”

Court records filed by Bidwell in a custody battle describe a pattern of “impulsive, violent and high-risk behavior,” with Weinberg’s oldest son adding that Bidwell endured behavior that was “definitely verbally abusive, no question.” in Weinberg’s hands.

The “Politically Incorrect” author previously enrolled in anger management classes 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 on “Californication” and Charlie Sheen on “Anger Management,” also came forward with sex addiction diagnoses and sought treatment.

Weinberg previously told accuser Wilson, who went on an OKCupid date with the producer, that he’s “not fucking Donald Trump, I’m not going to say that everything I say or do is perfect. I’m not perfect. I know this. I try my best. I’m trying my best with any kind of treatment I can to make sure I’m making all the right decisions in life. I really, really am.”

Weinberg’s divorce attorney, Karen Silver, released a statement regarding the dozens of assault charges.

“As we have unfortunately seen these days, time and time again, a heavy and painful custody dispute has now resulted in strategically placed criminal charges. These allegations were previously investigated and examined by both law enforcement and the Los Angeles Family Court, and the results continued to reveal a wealth of evidence, documentation and expert analysis that completely undermines the narrative now being published,” said Silver. “While Mr. Weinberg himself is precluded from commenting on any aspect of this litigation due to court orders, family law rules and in the best interests of his minor children, he will continue to cooperate through counsel in all aspects of this investigation and, if necessary , will address these allegations in the only forum that should matter – a public courtroom.”

You can read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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