Early last month, Harvey Weinstein predictably plead not guilty on rape charges in New York court and was released on $1 million bail. (Speaking through his attorney Benjamin Brafman, Weinstein claimed he has “never had non-consensual sex.”) On Monday morning, Weinstein was charged with three additional sex crimes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, they are: one count of criminal sex act in the first degree for “a forcible sexual act against a third woman in 2006,” and two counts of predatory sexual assault, the details of which have yet to be shared publicly.
District attorney Cyrus Vance released the following statement (via THR):
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. This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward. Our investigation continues. If you are a survivor of the predatory abuse with which Mr. Weinstein is charged, there is still time to pursue justice. Please call us at 212-335-9373.
In late May, Weinstein was indicted by a grand jury on two cases of rape and sex assault—one anonymously and the other by marketing consultant Lucia Evans, who told The New Yorker last fall that Weinstein coerced her into performing an oral sex act on him in 2004, when she was an aspiring actress.
While these cases continue to go to court in NYC, London’s Metropolitan Police and Los Angeles prosecutors are currently investigating accusations of sexual assault against Weinstein in those cities.
Update, 2:36 p.m.: According to Deadline, these new charges could mean Weinstein will face a lifelong sentence. The previous charges of rape, a criminal sex act, and sex abuse, to which Weinstein plead not guilty in June, could result in to 25 years jail time. With the additional complaints filed Monday, that number is expected to grow. The two counts of predatory sexual assault are class A-11 felonies, which means Weinstein is looking at 10-25 years in prison for each, at least—the maximum sentencing for both is life in prison.