Third Los An­ge­les woman added to new We­in­stein sex as­sault case

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Disgraced Hol­ly­wood mogul Har­vey We­in­stein was charged by Los An­ge­les pros­e­cu­tors on Fri­day with sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a third woman, as au­thor­i­ties there build their own case against the con­victed rapist. We­in­stein, 68, is al­ready in prison in New York state af­ter be­ing sen­tenced to 23 years in jail for rape and sex­ual as­sault. The new charge of “sex­ual bat­tery by re­straint” will form part of a sep­a­rate trial he faces in Los An­ge­les over al­le­ga­tions he as­saulted mul­ti­ple women in lo­cal ho­tels, with ex­tra­di­tion pro­ceed­ings un­der way. “We are con­tin­u­ing to build and strengthen our case,” said Los An­ge­les pros­e­cu­tor Jackie Lacey.

“If we find new ev­i­dence of a pre­vi­ously un­re­ported crime, as we did here, we will in­ves­ti­gate and de­ter­mine whether ad­di­tional crim­i­nal charges should be filed,” she added. The new charge al­leges We­in­stein sex­u­ally as­saulted an un­named woman in Bev­erly Hills in May 2010 — just within the 10-year statute of lim­i­ta­tions. He has al­ready been charged with the rape and sex­ual as­sault of two other women on con­sec­u­tive nights in 2013. Two ad­di­tional Los An­ge­les cases against We­in­stein are no longer be­ing pur­sued as those ac­cusers did not want to tes­tify. It is not known when the trial will be­gin, but Los An­ge­les pros­e­cu­tors con­firmed Fri­day they have ini­ti­ated a re­quest for We­in­stein’s trans­fer. “Upon his ar­rival, he will be ar­raigned on the amended com­plaint. Once a court date is set, the pub­lic will be no­ti­fied,” a state­ment read.—AFP

In this file photo Har­vey We­in­stein ar­rives at the Man­hat­tan Crim­i­nal Court in New York City.—AFP

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