BREAKING: Harvey Weinstein is charged with six more counts of sexual assault involving two victims who say he raped them at the Beverly Hills hotel more than a decade ago
Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has been charged with six more counts of forcible sexual assault in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles District Attorney said on Friday.
The charges involve two victims and stem from incidents that occurred more than a decade ago in an unnamed Beverly Hills hotel, District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement.
‘I am thankful to the first women who reported these crimes and whose courage have given strength to others to come forward,’ Lacey said in a statement.
‘The willingness of these latest victims to testify against a powerful man gives us the additional evidence we need to build a compelling criminal case,’ Lacey added.
Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein (seen in February) has been charged with six more counts of forcible sexual assault in Los Angeles
In January, Weinstein was charged in Los Angeles with with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in 2013.
The new charges announced on Friday include three felony counts each of forcible rape and forcible oral copulation.
Weinstein now faces charges involving five victims for crimes that span from 2004 to 2013 in the Los Angeles area, Lacey said.
The new charges include an incident between September 2004 and September 2005 where Weinstein allegedly raped a woman at a hotel in Beverly Hills.
He is also accused of raping another woman on two separate occasions in November 2009 and November 2010 at a hotel in Beverly Hills.
In New York, a jury convicted Weinstein on February 24 of two out of five criminal charges: one count of criminal sexual assault in the first degree and one count of rape in the third degree.
He was sentenced to 23 years in prison, which he is serving at Wende Correctional Facility in upstate New York.
While behind bars at Wende, 68-year-old Weinstein tested positive for COVID-19 in March. He was placed in isolation and reportedly recovered without showing significant symptoms.
Sex crime allegations against Weinstein first emerged in October 2017, when the New Yorker and the New York Times reported that more than a dozen women claimed that he had sexually assaulted, harassed or raped them.
If convicted of the new charges in Los Angeles, Weinstein would face up to 140 additional years in prison.
Developing story, more to follow.