Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein has been hit with six more charges of sexual assault in California. Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison in New York earlier this year for rape charges. The disgraced movie mogul was the head of Miramax and then The Weinstein Company before his fall. The charges leveled against him sparked an industry-wide reckoning with sexual assault and workplace harassment. The Time’s Up and #MeToo movements both gained prominence because of the women who spoke out against Weinstein and other male sexual harassers.
According to Deadline, the six new charges of sexual assault were added to a case in Los Angeles that began the day of his trial in New York. The alleged incidents in question happened in Beverly Hills between the years 2004 and 2005 and November 2009 and 2010. His planned extradition to Los Angeles has faced numerous delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A new hearing for these charges is set for December 11, 2020. Weinstein is currently facing allegations from over 100 other women and the results of this trial could affect his sentence in New York. There is the possibility that, after his trial in California, he could serve out sentences consecutively. The lawsuit is just one out of a litany of other lawsuits Weinstein faces. Weinstein is already facing settlements in other cases.
Weinstein is currently waiting for several cases to play out while he serves out his sentence in New York. If convicted on these other charges, it is likely that the 68-year-old will spend the rest of his life in prison. The consistent delays due to the pandemic will certainly not help him avoid these cases from playing out. The LA district attorney is in the midst of securing his extradition to the state of California. When he is extradited, Harvey Weinstein will have to face the alleged victims in several court cases that are active in the state.
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