DA Files More Charges Against Ex-Film Producer Harvey Weinstein

DA Files More Charges Against Ex-Film Producer Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City on Feb. 24, 2020. (Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images)
City News Service

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Disgraced former film producer Harvey Weinstein—who was already charged in Los Angeles with sex-related crimes involving three women—has been charged with sexually assaulting two additional women in Beverly Hills.

Los Angeles County prosecutors filed three new counts each of forcible rape and forcible oral copulation against Weinstein, who is behind bars in New York after being convicted there of sexually assaulting two women.

The latest charges involve the alleged rape of a woman at a hotel in Beverly Hills between September 2004 and September 2005, and two alleged attacks on a woman in November 2009 and November 2010 at a hotel in Beverly Hills, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Weinstein was charged on Jan. 6 with one count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force, and sexual battery by restraint in connection with alleged crimes involving two women in 2013.

Prosecutors subsequently filed a charge of sexual battery by restraint in May involving a third woman at a Beverly Hills hotel in May 2010.

Weinstein, 68, could face up to 140 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a written statement that she is “thankful to the first women who reported these crimes and whose courage has given strength to others to come forward.”

“The willingness of these latest victims to testify against a powerful man gives us the additional evidence we need to build a compelling criminal case,” the county’s top prosecutor said.

In July, the District Attorney’s Office announced that it had filed court papers to move the extradition process forward. An extradition hearing is set for Dec. 11 in Buffalo.

It remains unclear exactly how soon Weinstein will be brought to Los Angeles County.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, the Beverly Hills Police Department, and the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation.