Harvey Weinstein charged with six new sexual assault allegations
Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has now been charged with six further counts of sexual assault. Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed the news, as the charges involve two victims of alleged incidents that happened 10 years ago.
Moreover, after these recent developments, there are now a total of 11 charges against Weinstein in Los Angeles county alone. And those charges involve a total of 5 women, says District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
These charges allege that Weinstein raped a woman between 2004 and 2005 at a hotel in Beverly Hills. Moreover, the other woman alleges that Weinstein raped her twice – in 2009 and 2011. Moreover, Los Angeles county is even looking to have him extradited from New York for these charges. But, the Coronavirus pandemic has delayed that process for the time being. Last March, Weinstein also tested positive for COVID-19 in his upstate New York Prison. Another extradition hearing will take place in December.
Harvey Weinstein is already in jail for sexual assault and rape
Harvey Weinstein is already facing 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. New York City Criminal Courts found him guilty on charges of first-degree criminal sexual act against one woman and third-degree rape of another woman. However, the latest charges involve two completely different women.
His legal team has refused to comment on these recent allegations os sexual assault and rape. Despite more than 80 women coming forward against Harvey Weinstein, his attorney has always claimed:
“Harvey Weinstein has always maintained that every one of his physical encounters throughout his entire life have been consensual. That hasn’t changed.”
Allegations of sexual assault first surfaced against Weinstein back in 2017 after Ronan Farrow’s famous article in The New Yorker. He initially disputed the allegations, however, more and more women came forward against Weinstein. After that, his production company Miramax and The Weinstein Company fired him from their boards and he was pretty much banished from Hollywood and the film industry.
Moreover, politicians also distanced themselves from Harvey Weinstein, even though he was a notable doner for the Democrats. The investigation against Weinstein began in 2017, but he was charged later in 2018. Despite being guilty of rape and sexual assault, Weinstein was found not guilty in the most serious charge – predatory sexual assault. That charge would have given him an even longer prison sentence.