New charges mean Harvey Weinstein could face life in prison

Author
Elahe Izadi, Washington Post ,
Section
Entertainment,
Publish Date
Tuesday, 3 July 2018, 8:20AM
Harvey Weinstein could face life in prison if convicted. Photo \ Getty Images
Harvey Weinstein could face life in prison if convicted. Photo \ Getty Images

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein faces additional counts of sexual assault that could carry a potential life sentence if he is convicted, prosecutors announced Monday.

A Manhattan grand jury voted to charge the once-powerful movie executive with the two counts of predatory assault, which carry a minimum 10-year sentence, and an additional count of criminal sexual act in the first degree, stemming from what prosecutors said was a forcible sexual act against a woman in 2006.

The three new charges add to three other counts Weinstein was charged with in May that stemmed from encounters with women in 2004 and 2013.

"A Manhattan grand jury has now indicted Harvey Weinstein on some of the most serious sexual offenses that exist under New York's penal law," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement. "This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward."

In all, Weinstein now faces six charges, including rape in the first and third degrees.

The Weinstein investigation is ongoing, Vance added. "If you are a survivor of the predatory abuse with which Mr. Weinstein is charged, there is still time to pursue justice," he said.

Weinstein entered a not-guilty plea last month to the previous charges. His lawyer, Ben Brafman, has said Weinstein plans to "vigorously defend against these unsupported allegations that he strongly denies."

-Washington Post 

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