The British authorities have licensed prison fees towards Harvey Weinstein on two counts of indecent assault towards a girl in 1996 in London, the nation’s Crown Prosecution Service introduced in a information launch Wednesday.
Mr. Weinstein, 70, has been convicted of felony intercourse crimes in New York and is awaiting trial in Los Angeles, the place he has been charged with a number of counts of forcible rape, amongst different fees.
“Expenses have been licensed towards Harvey Weinstein, 70, following a assessment of the proof gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation,” Rosemary Ainslie, the pinnacle of the prosecution service’s particular crime division, stated in a press release.
Earlier this month a New York appeals court docket upheld Mr. Weinstein’s 2020 conviction on felony intercourse crimes, growing the chance that he would serve a good portion of his 23-year sentence. A lawyer for Mr. Weinstein stated on the time that his authorized crew would ask the state’s highest court docket, the Court docket of Appeals, to assessment the choice.
Mr. Weinstein have to be formally charged at a police station in England or Wales, stated David Lindsell, a spokesman for the prosecution service. He declined to touch upon the potential of extradition.
A lawyer for Mr. Weinstein, Barry Kamins, declined to remark.
Mr. Weinstein was a robust Hollywood movie producer till his downfall in 2017, when The New York Instances reported allegations that he had sexually abused ladies over the course of almost three many years. Within the aftermath, dozens of ladies got here ahead to accuse Mr. Weinstein of sexual misconduct or assault; he maintained that he had solely engaged in consensual sexual exercise.
The accusations spurred a global reckoning round sexual assault and harassment, with ladies in lots of fields coming ahead with public allegations towards high-profile males in what grew to become often known as the #MeToo motion.
In 2018, Mr. Weinstein was arrested in New York Metropolis on intercourse crime fees. He stood trial in 2020, and a jury discovered him responsible of two felonies — a prison sexual act within the first diploma and third-degree rape — and acquitted him on two fees of predatory sexual assault.
In Los Angeles, Mr. Weinstein was indicted on fees that he sexually assaulted a number of ladies in separate incidents between 2004 and 2013. He was transferred to California to face the costs and pleaded not responsible.
That is the second time in latest weeks that prosecutors in Britain introduced that that they had licensed prison fees towards a outstanding determine from the American leisure business accused of sexual misconduct. Final month, the Crown Prosecution Service stated it had licensed fees towards the actor Kevin Spacey on 4 counts of sexual assault towards three males. Mr. Spacey stated that he would voluntarily journey to Britain to face the costs.