Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was extradited from New York to California today to face trial on rape and assault charges, his spokesman and the New York Department of Corrections said.

Weinstein was convicted in New York in 2020 for sexual assault and rape and was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

In Los Angeles, he is wanted for trial on charges of attacking five women from 2004 to 2013.

"This morning at approximately 9:25 custody of Mr Harvey Weinstein was handed over to the appropriate officials for transport to the state of California per a court order," the New York Department of Corrections said in a statement.

More than 100 women, including famous actresses, have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct stretching back decades, fueling the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse and harassment.

Weinstein has denied the allegations and said that any sex was consensual.

His lawyers had argued for weeks against the transfer on medical grounds.

But in June, New York judge Kenneth Case rejected their arguments and gave the green light to his transfer.