The British authorities have approved legal expenses in opposition to Harvey Weinstein on two counts of indecent assault in opposition to a girl in 1996 in London, the nation’s Crown Prosecution Service introduced in a news release Wednesday.
Mr. Weinstein, 70, has been convicted of felony intercourse crimes in New York and is awaiting trial in Los Angeles, the place he has been charged with a number of counts of forcible rape, amongst different expenses.
“Fees have been approved in opposition to Harvey Weinstein, 70, following a evaluation of the proof gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation,” Rosemary Ainslie, the pinnacle of the prosecution service’s particular crime division, mentioned in an announcement.
Earlier this month a New York appeals court upheld Mr. Weinstein’s 2020 conviction on felony intercourse crimes, rising the probability that he would serve a good portion of his 23-year sentence. A lawyer for Mr. Weinstein mentioned on the time that his authorized group would ask the state’s highest court docket, the Court docket of Appeals, to evaluation the choice.
Mr. Weinstein should be formally charged at a police station in England or Wales, mentioned David Lindsell, a spokesman for the prosecution service. He declined to touch upon the opportunity of extradition.
A lawyer for Mr. Weinstein, Barry Kamins, declined to remark.
Mr. Weinstein was a strong Hollywood movie producer till his downfall in 2017, when The New York Occasions reported allegations that he had sexually abused girls over the course of practically three many years. Within the aftermath, dozens of girls got here ahead to accuse Mr. Weinstein of sexual misconduct or assault; he maintained that he had solely engaged in consensual sexual exercise.
The accusations spurred a world reckoning round sexual assault and harassment, with girls in lots of fields coming ahead with public allegations in opposition to high-profile males in what grew to become often called the #MeToo motion.
In 2018, Mr. Weinstein was arrested in New York Metropolis on intercourse crime expenses. He stood trial in 2020, and a jury discovered him responsible of two felonies — a legal sexual act within the first diploma and third-degree rape — and acquitted him on two expenses of predatory sexual assault.
In Los Angeles, Mr. Weinstein was indicted on expenses that he sexually assaulted a number of girls in separate incidents between 2004 and 2013. He was transferred to California to face the costs and pleaded not responsible.
That is the second time in current weeks that prosecutors in Britain introduced that they’d approved legal expenses in opposition to a outstanding determine from the American leisure trade accused of sexual misconduct. Final month, the Crown Prosecution Service said it had authorized expenses in opposition to the actor Kevin Spacey on 4 counts of sexual assault in opposition to three males. Mr. Spacey said that he would voluntarily journey to Britain to face the costs.