Former American film producer Harvey Weinstein faces two new charges of sexual abuse against a woman in August 1996 in London, the UK Prosecutor’s Office said on Wednesday. Weinstein was sentenced in March 2020 to 23 years in prison by the New York Supreme Court for a sexual offense and rape.
The director of the special crime division of the British prosecution, Rosemary Ainslie, has stated that the new charges against him have been authorized after “analyzing the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police” of the British capital.
The Police have detailed in a statement that both charges are related to events that occurred between July 31 and August 31, 1996, and that the alleged victim is a woman who is now between 50 and 60 years old.
Weinstein, who was a star Hollywood producer and whose trial became emblematic for the Me Too movement against sexual violence, was denied last week his appeal to try to annul the conviction that weighs on him.
A jury found him guilty two years ago of first-degree felony sexual assault (forced oral sex) on production assistant Mimi Haley in 2006, for which he was sentenced to twenty years, and third-degree rape of the applicant. actress Jessica Mann in 2013, for which she was sentenced to three years in prison. The former producer tried to annul the sentence by considering, among other arguments, that several women who had reported alleged abuses were allowed to testify despite the fact that these specific accusations were not judged in the process.
The British prosecution has stressed today that the judicial process against him is “active” in the United Kingdom and that the American “has the right to a fair trial.”