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Harvey Weinstein faces three new sexual misconduct charges

Monday - 02/07/2018 23:13
New York district attorney announces new charges including predatory sexual assault
Harvey Weinstein and attorney Benjamin Brafman leave court in New York in June. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Harvey Weinstein and attorney Benjamin Brafman leave court in New York in June. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was charged with additional crimes on Monday in New York, related to alleged sexual misconduct.

Weinstein, 66, appeared in court in May, after being arrested in connection with accusations of rape from two women. Weinstein pleaded not guilty.

On Monday, Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr charged the former head of the Weinstein film production company with an additional count of criminal sexual act in the first degree, for an alleged forcible sexual act against a third woman in 2006, as well as two counts of predatory sexual assault.

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Predatory sexual assault carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

A statement from Vance’s office said the new charges were on top of those contained in the previous indictment of charges of rape in the first and third degrees, as well as criminal sexual act in the first degree, for alleged forcible sexual acts against two women in 2013 and 2004.

“A Manhattan grand jury has now indicted Harvey Weinstein on some of the most serious sexual offenses that exist under New York’s penal law,” said Vance.

“This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward. Our investigation continues.”

Representatives for Weinstein did not immediately comment.

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