Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced today that film producer Harvey Weinstein has been charged with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents over a two-day period in 2013.
Defendant Weinstein (dob 3/19/52) was charged in case BA483663 with one felony count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint. Arraignment will be scheduled for a later date.
“We believe the evidence will show that the defendant used his power and influence to gain access to his victims and then commit violent crimes against them,” District Attorney Lacey said. “I want to commend the victims who have come forward and bravely recounted what happened to them. It is my hope that all victims of sexual violence find strength and healing as they move forward.”
On Feb. 18, 2013, Weinstein allegedly went to a hotel and raped a woman after pushing his way inside her room.
The next evening, the defendant is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a hotel suite in Beverly Hills.
Prosecutors are recommending bail be set at $5 million. If convicted as charged, the defendant faces up to 28 years in state prison.
Deputy District Attorney Paul Thompson of the Sex Crimes Division is prosecuting the case.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills police departments and the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation.
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