Crime | April 11, 2020 6:00 am

Prosecutors File New Charge Against Harvey Weinstein in Los Angeles

This is in addition to the charges filed earlier this year

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein in February 2020.
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Following a high-profile trial in New York, Harvey Weinstein was convicted on the charges of criminal sexual act and rape, and sentenced to 23 years in prison. Since entering the prison system, he’s also been diagnosed with COVID-19. And now, Weinstein is under scrutiny from another jurisdiction — one which could lead to further time behind bars for the disgraced film producer.

At The Guardian, Sam Levin reports that prosecutors in Los Angeles have filed a new charge against Weinstein. The district attorney’s office had already charged him once, earlier in the year, based on an incident that took place in 2013.

Levin reported on that as well, noting that “[t]he felony charges include forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint.”

The new charge filed against Weinstein focuses on a separate incident, which took place three years earlier in Beverly Hills. He has been charged with sexual battery by restraint:

Weinstein “did willfully and unlawfully touch an intimate part of [the victim], while said person was unlawfully restrained by … Weinstein and an accomplice”, a complaint alleged. The woman was held against her will “for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, and sexual abuse”.

If convicted, Weinstein could face up to 28 years in prison. How this would line up with his sentence in New York remains uncertain.

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