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Disgraced Movie Mogul Harvey Weinstein Faces Charges In U.K. Related To 1996 Sexual Abuse Accusation

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorized police to charge Harvey Weinstein with two counts of indecent assault involving an unnamed woman back in 1996. 

By Jax Miller
Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court

Harvey Weinstein is facing more charges of sexual abuse after authorities in England say he assaulted a London woman.

Officials with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have authorized the Metropolitan Police to charge Weinstein, 70, with two counts of indecent assault, according to a statement released Wednesday. The convicted rapist is alleged to have committed the crimes against a woman back in August 1996.

The Metropolitan Police said the victim, now in her 50s, was allegedly attacked in two separate offenses, according to the BBC.

“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has the right to a fair trial,” said Rosemary Ainslie, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division.

The former Hollywood producer is currently serving a 23-year sentence after being convicted in 2020 for a criminal sex act against a production assistant in 2006 and third-degree rape in a separate incident involving an aspiring actress in 2013.

In July, Weinstein was extradited from New York to California to face more sexual abuse charges, including forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint, and sexual penetration by use of force. Prosecutors in California say he attacked at least five women between 2004 and 2013.

If convicted, Weinstein faces spending the rest of his life in prison.

On Thursday, a New York appellate court upheld his conviction after the defendant tried and failed to argue that the judge in the case allowed women to testify about allegations that were not part of the charges.

More than 80 people, including whistle-blowing actor and activist Rose McGowan, have accused the former Hollywood mogul of sexual assault, resulting in the #MeToo movement, which continues to change how people talk about rape culture and sexual abuse.

As for the new U.K. allegations, Weinstein must be formally charged at a police station in either England or Wales, Metro Police spokesperson David Lindsell told the New York Times.

It was not immediately clear if Weinstein would be subject to extradition.