Fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein could face life in prison after a Manhattan Grand Jury indicted Weinstein on “some of the most serious sexual offenses that exist under New York Penal Law”.
Weinstein has been charged with two counts of Predatory Sexual Assault and an additional count of Sexual Assault in the First Degree.
The predatory sexual assault charges carry a minimum sentence of ten years and a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The latter charge relates to an incident in July 2006, involving an unnamed woman, although District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. highlighted the bravery of all the women who have come forward with testimonials.
“This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward,” said the D.A. after the new charges were announced.
Harvey Weinstein surrendered himself to the police on May 25 but was released on bail. He has since been wearing an ankle bracelet that keeps him confined to the states of New York and Connecticut.
Weinstein continues to deny allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual abuse and rape even though he has been accused by over 70 women of abuse and assault.
In addition to the New York case, he is being investigated in both Los Angeles and London. Antonino Tati
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