Disgraced former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein faces new sex offence charges, one of which could send him to prison for life were he to be found guilty.
On Monday (July 2) Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced the grand jury has indicted Weinstein with an additional count of criminal sexual act in the first degree for a forcible sexual act against a third woman in 2006.
In addition the 66-year-old is charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, a Class A-II felony that carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Monday’s development follows an earlier indictment on charges of rape in the first and third degrees, and criminal sexual act in the first degree for forcible sexual acts against two women in 2013 and 2004, respectively.
“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 Vance. “This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward. Our investigation continues. If you are a survivor of the predatory abuse with which Mr. Weinstein is charged, there is still time to pursue justice. Please call us at 212-335-9373.”
Assistant D.A. and Special Counsel Joan Illuzzi is handling the prosecution of the case with Assistant D.A.s Rachel Hochhauser, Kevin Wilson, and deputy chief of the sex crimes unit Jennifer Gaffney.
Supervising are chief of the major economic crimes bureau, assistant D.A. Christopher Conroy, chief of the investigation division, executive assistant D.A. Michael Sachs, and chief of the trial division, executive assistant D.A. John Irwin.
Weinstein has denied “unequivocally” any allegations of non-consensual sex.