The Manhattan DA’s office is now charging former movie producer Harvey Weinstein with three additional felony charges of sexual assault. Harvey Weinstein faces 10 years in prison with the recent allegations, the Daily Mail reports.
The 66-year-old, who was accused by 20 different women of harassment and rape, is now facing charges of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree for a forcible sexual act against a woman in 2006, and two counts of Predatory Sexual Assault. Weinstein was already facing charges for Rape in the First and Third Degree, and committing a Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree. The severity of these charges means that Harvey Weinstein faces 10 years in prison if he is found guilty at his trial.
Manhattan DA Opens Door to More Women
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is still encouraging women to come forward if they have a case. Vance says:
“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 Weinstein is charged, there is still time to pursue justice. Please call us at 212-335-9373.”
Weinstein originally entered a plea of “not guilty” and plans to fight the case with his legal team. His lawyers insist that there was no wrongdoing, despite very public stories and accusations from other powerful players in Hollywood. Further, Weinstein’s legal team also said that they are concerned about him getting a ‘fair trial’, considering how public this case has become.
Weinstein is wearing a tracking device and living in New York, after surrendering his passport in May.
Women around the country are holding their breath for Weinstein’s trial, which could set a precedent around the country. As women like Kesha are locked in court struggles with their accused harassers and rapists – women around the country are hoping to see justice prevail in these types of cases.