Harvey Weinstein faces up to 140 years in prison if convicted of new rape charges

Shamed Hollywood mogul currently serving 23 years following conviction in New York

Graig Graziosi
Friday 02 October 2020 20:26
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Harvey Weinstein jailed for 23 years

Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been charged with six additional criminal charges tied to three rapes he allegedly committed in Beverly Hills.  

In the latest round of accusations, Weinstein, 68, has been accused of raping a woman at a hotel sometime between September 2004 and September 2005. He was then accused of raping a second woman on two occasions in November 2009 and again in November 2010.  

Weinstein has already been sentenced to 23 years in state prison after being convicted of rape and sexual assault.  

If he is convicted on all the charges being brought against him by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office - 11 counts in total - he could face up to 140 years to life in prison, according to Vanity Fair.  

Weinstein is charged with forcible oral copulation and forcible rape for the incident that occurred between September 2004 and 2005.

He is charged with two charges of forcible rape and two charges of forcible oral copulation for the two rapes he is accused of having committed in 2009 and 2010.  

More than 100 women have accused Mr Weinstein of sexual assault or other sexual misconduct since 2017.  

Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey praised the women who came forward with their allegations.  

“I am thankful to the first women who reported these crimes and whose courage have given strength to others to come forward,” she said. “The willingness of these latest victims to testify against a powerful man gives us the additional evidence we need to build a compelling criminal case.”

Weinstein was initially slated to be extradited to California to face his charges, but due to the coronavirus pandemic the plans were postponed. His extradition hearing will now be held on 11 December in Buffalo, New York.  

The shamed media mogul was convicted on 24 February on two out of five criminal charges brought against him: one count of criminal sexual assault in the first degree and one count of rape in the third degree.  

Weinstein tested positive for coronavirus in March while serving out his sentence at the Wende Correctional Facility in upstate New York.  

Though Weinstein's predatory actions and extreme retribution toward those who spurned him was an open secret among Hollywood industry players, the story did not gain national traction until 2017, when stories by the New York Times and The New Yorker detailed the numerous allegations against him.  

Those stories only came to light after several women who had been wronged by Weinstein came forward and discussed their experiences on-the-record with reporters. 

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