Weinstein charged with crime against 3rd woman

The Standard Journal - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Karen Matthews

NEW YORK — Har­vey Weinstein was charged be­fore the July 4 hol­i­day with a sex crime against a third woman, as New York prose­cu­tors con­tinue build­ing cases against the for­mer Hol­ly­wood stu­dio boss whose downfall ush­ered in the #MeToo move­ment.

Man­hat­tan’s dis­trict at­tor­ney an­nounced the charges in an up­dated in­dict­ment, say­ing Weinstein per­formed a forcible sex act on the woman in 2006 in July 2 fil­ings.

“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,” Dis­trict At­tor­ney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said in a state­ment. “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.”

Vance said Weinstein was charged with an­other count of crim­i­nal sex­ual act and two counts of preda­tory sex­ual as­sault. The lat­ter car­ries a max­i­mum sen­tence of life in prison.

Weinstein is sched­uled for ar­raign­ment on the new charges July 9. A lawyer for Weinstein said the 66-yearold for­mer movie mogul will plead not guilty.

“Mr. Weinstein main­tains that all of these al­le­ga­tions are false and he ex­pects to be fully vin­di­cated,” lawyer Ben Braf­man said.

A grand jury pre­vi­ously in­dicted Weinstein on charges in­volv­ing two women. One of the al­leged vic­tims in the crim­i­nal case, who has not been iden­ti­fied pub­licly, told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that Weinstein cor­nered her in a ho­tel room and raped her in 2013. The other ac­cuser, for­mer ac­tress Lu­cia Evans, has gone public with her ac­count of Weinstein forc­ing her to per­form oral sex at his of­fice in 2004.

The As­so­ci­ated Press does not iden­tify al­leged vic­tims of sex­ual as­saults un­less they come for­ward pub­licly.

More than 75 women have ac­cused Weinstein of wrong­do­ing. Sev­eral ac­tresses and mod­els ac­cused him of crim­i­nal sex­ual as­saults, in­clud­ing film ac­tress Rose McGowan, who said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah, “So­pra­nos” ac­tress Annabella Sciorra, who said he raped her in her New York apart­ment in 1992, and the Nor­we­gian ac­tress Natas­sia Malthe, who said he at­tacked her in a Lon­don ho­tel room in 2008.

The New York Times and The New Yorker jointly won a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for their re­port­ing on Weinstein, which top­pled a once un­touch­able star maker and helped prod women in other in­dus­tries from tech­nol­ogy to academia to fac­tory work to tell their sto­ries of sex­ual harassment by pow­er­ful men.

Mimi Ha­leyi, a for­mer Weinstein Co. pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant, made al­le­ga­tions against Weinstein last Oc­to­ber that align with the charges in the up­dated in­dict­ment.

Ha­leyi said Weinstein forcibly per­formed oral sex on her in 2006 in what ap­peared to be a child’s bed­room in his Man­hat­tan apart­ment. Nei­ther the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice nor Ha­leyi’s at­tor­ney, Glo­ria Allred, would con­firm that Ha­leyi is the ac­cuser in the new charges.

New York City po­lice de­tec­tives said in early Novem­ber that they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions by an­other Weinstein ac­cuser, “Board­walk Em­pire” ac­tress Paz de la Huerta, who told po­lice in Oc­to­ber that he raped her twice in 2010.

Weinstein has de­nied all al­le­ga­tions of non­con­sen­sual sex, with his at­tor­ney chal­leng­ing the cred­i­bil­ity of his al­leged vic­tims.

/ AP-Seth Wenig, File

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