Harvey Weinstein Faces New Sexual Assault & Rape Charges in Los Angeles

January 7, 2020

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On the day his sexual assault trial started in New York, Los Angeles prosecutors announced new charges against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. CNN reports that the new charges stem from separate incidents over a two-day period in 2013. They include forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force, and sexual battery by restraint, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement on Monday. "We believe the evidence will show that the defendant used his power and influence to gain access to his victims and then commit violent crimes against them," Lacey added. Weinstein is accused of raping a woman after attending a film festival with her on February 17, 2013; he allegedly knocked on her hotel door and after she let him in, he forced her to perform oral sex and raped her. The woman also contends she did not report the rape because Weinstein threatened her life if she spoke. He is also accused of sexual conduct against another women two days later on February 19, in which he allegedly took off his clothes and prevented her from leaving his hotel room, and then held her in place by her breast as he masturbated. The women first reported the incidents to police in February 2017. Weinstein has maintained his innocence against any "nonconsensual sexual activity."