UPDATE (1/6/20, 11:20 a.m.): Prosecutors have brought felony charges of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force, and sexual battery by restraint against Harvey Weinstein. The incidents took place in 2013.
“We believe the evidence will show that the defendant used his power and influence to gain access to his victims and then commit violent crimes against them,” D.A. Jackie Lacey said in a statement. “I want to commend the victims who have come forward and bravely recounted what happened to them. It is my hope that all victims of sexual violence find strength and healing as they move forward.”
Harvey Weinstein is expected to face criminal charges in Los Angeles in connection to sexual assault allegations, reports the Los Angeles Times. An unnamed source told Times reporters that the details of the charges will be announced by District Attorney Jackie Lacey at an 11 a.m. press conference.
The charges are believed to be the result of an investigation by a special task force created in 2017, designed to look into sexual abuse allegations brought against high-profile people in the entertainment industry. According to Lacey, the task force was intended to “ensure a uniform approach to the legal review and possible prosecution of any case that meets both the legal and factual standards for criminal prosecution.”
Weinstein is currently in New York, set to appear in a Manhattan courtroom today on criminal charges brought against him in that jurisdiction. In the New York cases, he is charged with first-degree rape, third-degree rape, first-degree sexual assault, and two counts of predatory sexual assault. So far, Weinstein has denied any wrongdoing.
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