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Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein faces new sex-assault charges

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 4 July 2018, 17:44 IST

The 66-year-old, Harvey Weinstein is facing new criminal charges, a third woman in addition to the two mentioned in earlier charges is accusing Harvey.

The new indictment accuses Weinstein of forcibly performing oral sex on a woman in July 2006. The new charges, which include predatory sexual assault, carry a sentence of 10 years to life in prison, according to the office of District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

Currently, he is out on US$1 million ($1.36 million) bail, he pleaded last month not guilty to allegedly raping one woman at a Manhattan hotel in 2013 and forcing another to perform oral sex on him in 2004.

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Vance issued a statement about the new charges saying, “This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward. Our investigation continues.” More than 70 women – mostly young actresses and women in other aspects of the movie business – have accused the Miramax film studio’s co-founder of sexual misconduct, including rape, in a series of incidents dating back decades. The accusations gave rise to the #MeToo movement, which has seen hundreds of women publicly accusing powerful men in business, government and entertainment of sexual harassment and abuse.

Prosecutors have not named any of the women accusing Weinstein of sexual assault in court papers.

According to a report by Newsweek, at least 80 women claimed to have suffered sexual harassment or sexual assault at Weinstein's hands.

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First published: 4 July 2018, 17:44 IST