Harvey Weinstein has been charged with assaulting another woman, and could face life in prison.
The New York grand jury in the ongoing investigation into accusations of sexual assault by Weinstein has charged him with a count of first-degree criminal sexual act and two counts of predatory sexual assault, stemming from an incident in 2006.
The latest charge, announced overnight, is the latest of multiple charges stemming from alleged forcible sex acts against two women in 2013 and 2004.
All up, the charges carry a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison, Manhattan District Cyrus Vance said in a statement.
“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,” said District Attorney Vance. “This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward.”
The alleged incidents before the court in this case only involve three of the more than 60 women who have publicly accused him of sexual harassment and abuse.
The disgraced film mogul continues to deny all charges against him. Following the announcement of the new charges, Weinstein’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman said in a statement obtained by People:
“Mr Weinstein maintains that all of these allegations are false and he expects to be fully vindicated. Furthermore, to charge Mr Weinstein as a predator when the interactions were each consensual is simply not justified.”
Since being arrested over the charges in May and posting $1 million in bail, Weinstein has been wearing an ankle tracking monitor and is forbidden from leaving New York State and neighbouring Connecticut, where he has a home.
The next hearing is scheduled for July 30.