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Harvey Weinstein Hit With New Sexual Assault Charge In Los Angeles

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By Mike Walters

Harvey Weinstein has just been hit with a new sexual assault charge stemming from an incident back in 2010. The Los Angeles District Attorney's office announced today it is adding the charge to its already ongoing criminal case.

According to prosecutors, "Harvey Weinstein was charged with an additional sexual assault count stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred at a Beverly Hills hotel in May 2010."

The D.A. says they have amended the ongoing criminal case to "add one felony count of sexual battery by restraint."

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Disgraced Movie Mogul Hit With New Charges

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As we reported, Harvey Weinstein was charged back in January with several felonies including, forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint.

As you know, Weinstein was convicted of similar allegations in a New York criminal court and is currently serving a lengthy prison sentence.

But, the Los Angeles District Attorney says they have started formal proceedings to extradite the disgraced movie mogul to California to answer to this case. After Weinstein arrives in L.A. he will be arraigned on all charges in this case.

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“We are continuing to build and strengthen our case. As we gather corroborating evidence, we have reached out to other possible sexual assault victims. If we find new evidence of a previously unreported crime, as we did here, we will investigate and determine whether additional criminal charges should be filed," D.A. Jackey Lacey said in a statement.

According to a press release by the agency, the new charge alleges "Weinstein sexually assaulted a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel on May 11, 2010. The victim was first interviewed by law enforcement in October 2019 as a possible corroborating witness in the case. Last month, she provided detectives with information confirming that the assault took place within the 10-year-statute of limitation."

The standing charges against Weinstein stem from incidents involving two separate women from 2013.

Harvey Weinstein Faces An Additional 29 Years In Prison

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If convicted on all charges, Harvey Weinstein faces an additional 29 years in state prison, tacked onto the time he is already facing in New York.

The statement from the D.A confirms prosecutors have initiated a request for the "temporary custody" of Weinstein which begins the process of extradition from New York.

Interestingly, in the same release, the District Attorney's office also announced that two cases involving Weinstein were declined for prosecution because "the victims did not want to testify against the defendant in this case."

The case remains under investigation.

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