Harvey Weinstein, the previous powerhouse movie producer who was sentenced last month in a New York courtroom to 23 yrs in prison, is dealing with a new criminal demand in Los Angeles County in California, officials introduced on Friday.
The county district attorney, Jackie Lacey, reported that 1 felony count of sexual battery by restraint was extra to an present case versus Mr. Weinstein.
Mr. Weinstein, 68, was billed in January with a person felony depend each individual of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of drive and sexual battery by restraint.
That legal grievance was linked to prices stemming from accusations produced by two females: an Italian model and actress who claimed he raped her, and a 2nd product who claimed he trapped her in a resort lavatory and masturbated though he groped her.
The authorities reported each and every of the assaults transpired in about a day of each and every other in 2013.
“As we assemble corroborating proof, we have achieved out to other attainable sexual assault victims,” Ms. Lacey reported in a information release. “If we obtain new evidence of a previously unreported crime, as we did here, we will examine and decide no matter if extra criminal charges should really be filed.”
Lawyers for Mr. Weinstein could not be promptly arrived at on Friday.
The victim in the most current case was 1st interviewed by regulation enforcement officers in Oct 2019 as a possible corroborating witness in the prices brought in January.
Very last thirty day period, she supplied detectives with information and facts confirming that an assault took location inside of the 10-yr statute of limitation — on May 11, 2010 — at a Beverly Hills hotel, Ms. Lacey said.
Prosecutors have commenced the procedure of requesting non permanent custody of Mr. Weinstein from New York, the to start with of many ways in the extradition system. California prosecutors said it was unclear when he would be transferred to Los Angeles County.
Prosecutors also on Friday announced that two scenarios involving Mr. Weinstein were being declined for prosecution mainly because the victims did not want to testify towards him.
His sentencing in New York very last month capped a amazing tumble from electricity for Mr. Weinstein that started in October 2017 when, following several years of rumors, a number of gals brazenly accused him of sexual assault and harassment. He tested positive for the coronavirus in March.
The women’s tales sparked the #MeToo motion, prompting women to communicate publicly about their mistreatment by impressive males in industries which includes business, producing, the media and the arts amongst many others.