Six new sexual assault charges added to Weinstein’s record
Disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein has been charged with six further counts of sexual assault, the Los Angeles District Attorney confirmed.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney‘s Office announced Friday six new charges _ three counts of forcible rape and three counts of forcible oral copulation _against Weinstein. He’s now facing a total of 11 counts of sexual assault in Los Angeles County involving five women.
Weinstein, 68, has denied the previous allegations. Weinstein’s spokesman, Juda Engelmayer, told CNN on Friday that he could not comment on the additional charges until he learned more about them.
“Harvey Weinstein has always maintained that every one of his physical encounters throughout his entire life have been consensual. That hasn’t changed,” Engelmayer said.
The latest charges allege that he raped a woman at a hotel in Beverly Hills between 2004 and 2005, and raped another woman twice – in November 2009 and November 2010.
In January, Weinstein was charged with sexually assaulting two women in 2013. Then in April, a further charge alleging that he assaulted a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2010 was added.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said the latest accusations helped prosecutors built a “compelling criminal case” against Weinstein.
“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.
Allegations against Weinstein began to emerge in 2017 when The New York Times first reported incidents dating back over decades.
Weinstein is serving a 23-year sentence in New York after he was convicted in March of committing a criminal sex act in the first degree involving one woman and rape in the third degree involving another. The former producer is at Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Alden, New York.
He issued an apology acknowledging that he had “caused a lot of pain”, but disputed the allegations.
When he was sentenced to prison in March this year, jurors acquitted him of the most serious charges of predatory sexual assault, which could have seen him given an even longer jail term.