Harvey Weinstein Faces the Possibility of Life in Prison After Indictment on New Sexual Assault Charges

Additional counts of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein have the potential to carry a life sentence if the movie mogul is convicted, according to prosecutors. Weinstein was charged with two counts of predatory assault by a Manhattan grand jury, plus an additional count of criminal sexual act in the first degree. The first charge carries a minimum 10-year sentence.

These new charges come after three additional counts with which Weinstein was charged back in May, associated with encounters with two women in 2004 and 2013. These latest charges relate to what prosecutors claim was a forcible sexual act against a woman in 2006.

The investigation continues, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. indicated in a recent statement. He also encouraged survivors of predatory abuse perpetuated by Weinstein to come forward, adding, “there is still time to pursue justice.”

Weinstein faces six charges in all, which include rape in the first and third degrees.

Additional Reading

Harvey Weinstein Indicted on New Sexual Assault Charges, Could Face Life in Prison, Washington Post, July 2, 2018

Harvey Weinstein Faces New Sex Charges Carrying a Possible Life Sentence, ABA Journal, July 2, 2018

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