Harvey Weinstein, the previous powerhouse motion picture producer who was sentenced last month in a New York courtroom to 23 many years in jail, is experiencing a new prison demand in Los Angeles County in California, officials declared on Friday.
The county district legal professional, Jackie Lacey, said that a single felony depend of sexual battery by restraint was extra to an existing case versus Mr. Weinstein.
Mr. Weinstein, 68, was charged in January with just one felony count every single of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of pressure and sexual battery by restraint.
That prison criticism was relevant to charges stemming from accusations designed by two ladies: an Italian product and actress who reported he raped her, and a next model who stated he trapped her in a lodge rest room and masturbated when he groped her.
The authorities stated each of the assaults transpired within about a working day of just about every other in 2013.
“As we collect corroborating evidence, we have arrived at out to other attainable sexual assault victims,” Ms. Lacey mentioned in a information release. “If we uncover new proof of a formerly unreported criminal offense, as we did right here, we will look into and decide no matter if supplemental felony expenses must be filed.”
Attorneys for Mr. Weinstein could not be quickly reached on Friday.
The sufferer in the hottest case was 1st interviewed by law enforcement officials in Oct 2019 as a feasible corroborating witness in the charges brought in January.
Final month, she provided detectives with facts confirming that an assault took spot inside the 10-yr statute of limitation — on Might 11, 2010 — at a Beverly Hills lodge, Ms. Lacey explained.
Prosecutors have started off the approach of requesting short-term custody of Mr. Weinstein from New York, the 1st of a number of actions in the extradition process. California prosecutors mentioned it was unclear when he would be transferred to Los Angeles County.
Prosecutors also on Friday announced that two instances involving Mr. Weinstein ended up declined for prosecution mainly because the victims did not want to testify from him.
His sentencing in New York past month capped a breathtaking drop from electric power for Mr. Weinstein that commenced in Oct 2017 when, following a long time of rumors, several gals overtly accused him of sexual assault and harassment. He tested constructive for the coronavirus in March.
The women’s stories sparked the #MeToo movement, prompting women to communicate publicly about their mistreatment by impressive guys in industries like business enterprise, producing, the media and the arts among other individuals.