Harvey Weinstein faces 6 more sexual assault charges in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles County prosecutors on Friday charged disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein with six additional counts of sexual assault involving two other alleged victims.Weinstein, who was already serving a sentence in a New York jail after his conviction in that state, is now charged with raping and sexually assaulting five women in LA County from 2004 to 2013.

Prosecutors added three counts each of forced rape and forced oral lovemaking. Weinstein now faces four counts each of forced rape and forced oral copulation, two counts of sexual assault by restraint and one count of sexual penetration by use of force, implicating five women for alleged crimes. from 2004 to 2013.

β€œI am grateful to the first women who reported these crimes and whose courage empowered others to come forward,” Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey said in a statement. “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 new charges include an incident between September 2004 and September 2005 in which Weinstein allegedly raped a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel. He is also accused of raping another woman twice in November 2009 and November 2010 at a hotel in Beverly Hills.

Weinstein was initially charged in LA County in January with sexually assaulting two women in separate incidents in 2013. The complaint was amended in April to add a charge that the defendant sexually assaulted a woman in a hotel in Beverly Hills in May 2010.

Charges against Weinstein on January 6 in Los Angeles stemmed from alleged encounters at hotels in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills in February 2013. An Italian model, who gave a lengthy interview to The Times in 2017, said Weinstein forced himself on her at the Mr.C Beverly Hills hotel after they met at the Los Angeles Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest.

The woman said she showed Weinstein pictures of her children and begged him to stop during the alleged attack.

β€œHe grabbed me by the hair and forced me to do something I didn’t want to do,” she said.

Days later, prosecutors say, Weinstein invited a woman to her room at a West Los Angeles hotel after a business meeting in the hotel restaurant, then trapped her in a room. bathroom, where he groped her while masturbating.

The woman, Lauren Young, then testified about the allegation at Weinstein’s criminal trial in New York. While at the bar, Young said the attack took place at the Montage Hotel and noted that another woman was present and aided Weinstein by closing the bathroom door and removing it. leaving alone with the tycoon.

Prosecutors have not said whether this person will be charged. The criminal complaint against Weinstein, however, noted that an “accomplice” helped him restrain the victim in both the May 2010 assault and the attack described by Young. Greg Risling, a spokesperson for the district attorney’s office, said the reference to an accomplice in the May 2010 attack was “typical impeachment language” that did not “reflect the facts of the case”.

The Times does not publish the names of alleged victims in sexual assault cases unless they come forward publicly.

Weinstein, 68 ans was sentenced to 23 years in prison in March after being convicted of rape and committing a criminal sex act in New York City.

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