Har­vey We­in­stein could be sent to jail

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE -

Har­vey We­in­stein could face five to 25 years in prison on sex­ual as­sault charges if the lat­est abuse al­le­ga­tions are tried in crim­i­nal court, le­gal ex­perts said.

The em­bat­tled Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer – who has been ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and rape by women across the globe over the last week – could be charged in New York state for a 2004 as­sault al­le­ga­tion de­tailed in a New Yorker in­ves­ti­ga­tion pub­lished on Tues­day .

Le­gal ex­perts and law en­force­ment sources said that the claims de­scribed by Lu­cia Evans, a for­mer as­pir­ing ac­tor, rise to the level of a felony charge un­der New York laws.

How­ever, be­cause a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion could be dif­fi­cult to achieve, pros­e­cu­tors may be re­luc­tant to bring a case in the first place.

Ques­tions about the po­ten­tial le­gal con­se­quences fac­ing the 65-year-old film pro­ducer have swirled since the New York Times pub­lished a piece last Thurs­day al­leg­ing that We­in­stein sex­u­ally ha­rassed women and made un­wanted ad­vances for nearly three decades.

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