Los Angeles prosecutors have announced two more criminal charges against Harvey Weinstein on Monday, following the start of the disgraced movie mogul’s rape trial in New York.
Weinstein was charged with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents over a two-day period in 2013, officials said on Monday. The felony charges include forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint.
The LA district attorney, Jackie Lacey, is scheduled to hold a press conference at 11am local time about the continuing work of her entertainment industry sex crimes taskforce, which was established in the wake of the 2017 Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo reckoning in Hollywood.
On 18 February 2013, Weinstein raped a woman at a hotel after pushing his way inside her room, prosecutors alleged. The next evening, he sexually assaulted a woman at a hotel suite in Beverly Hills, the DA said.
Prosecutors recommended bail be set at $5m.
The news of an LA case comes as Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to five counts in New York, including raping a woman in 2013 and forcing another woman to engage in oral sexual conduct in 2006. The most serious charge is predatory sexual assault, which carries a potential life sentence.
At the start of the New York trial, protesters including the actors Rose McGowan and Rosanna Arquette confronted Weinstein as he got out of his car. More than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley Judd.
In a civil case against Weinstein, more than 30 women recently secured a $25m settlement, but the deal sparked intense backlash since Weinstein did not have to pay with his own money and did not have to admit guilt.