The co-executive producer of the hit US comedy series Scrubs has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault.
Eric Weinberg appeared in a court in downtown Los Angeles, California, where he was denied bail after making a plea.
According to US media reports, he will be held at the Twin Towers prison in Los Angeles until the next court hearing scheduled for November.
Weinberg has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of sexual assault.
The 62-year-old is accused of relying on his “Hollywood credentials” to lure young women for pictures, where he allegedly assaulted them, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney.
The alleged incident involved five women at various times between 2014 and 2019.
At the time of the alleged crime, Weinberg was not producing the hospital comedy Scrubs, which ended in March 2010 after more than nine years on the air. He was on the show from 2001 to 2007.
The producer was charged with six counts of sexual assault by force, four counts of oral sex, three counts of forced rape and two counts of restrained battery.
He also faces one count of assault by force likely to cause grievous bodily harm, attempted sexual assault by force and violent false imprisonment.
Weinberg approached two women in public and told them he was a photographer on two separate occasions in 2014, according to prosecutors.
It is alleged that after communicating with each victim, they eventually went to his home, where he was accused of sexually assaulting them.
He then allegedly used the same tactic to bring another young woman to his home and allegedly sexually assaulted her in 2017.
Weinberg was also charged with sexually assaulting two women in separate incidents in 2018 and 2019, the district attorney’s office said.
His next court appearance is scheduled for November 15.