Authorities in California charged disgraced Hollywood film mogul and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein with a new count of “sexual battery by restraint” on Friday.
Prosecutors are working to extradite Weinstein to California but it is unclear how soon that will happen.
The alleged assault took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel on May 11, 2010. According to a complaint, Weinstein “did willfully and unlawfully touch an intimate part of [the victim], while said person was unlawfully restrained by … Weinstein and an accomplice,” The Guardian reported.
“We are continuing to build and strengthen our case,” Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement quoted by Breitbart.
“As we gather corroborating evidence, we have reached out to other possible sexual assault victims. If we find new evidence of a previously unreported crime, as we did here, we will investigate and determine whether additional criminal charges should be filed.”
23-year sentence in New York
Early last month, a New York judge sentenced Weinstein to 23 years in prison after he was convicted of raping film producer Miriam Haley and actress Jessica Mann.
“We thank the court for imposing a sentence that puts sexual predators and abusive partners in all segments of society on notice,” a statement from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. read. “We thank the survivors for their remarkable statements today and indescribable courage over the last two years,” the prosecutor continued.
“Harvey Weinstein deployed nothing less than an army of spies to keep them silent,” he added. “But they refused to be silent, and they were heard. Their words took down a predator and put him behind bars and gave hope to survivors of sexual violence all across the world.”
Recovered from coronavirus
The now-incarcerated Weinstein made headlines again when he tested positive for coronavirus just over two weeks ago, but it was reported on April 9 that he is no longer experiencing symptoms.
“As of now, it’s been 14 days since reports of concern from people inside the prison, and he has no symptoms and no issues,” spokesperson Juda Engelmayer told Reuters on Thursday.
For years, Weinstein’s predatory behavior was widely known in Hollywood. “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane even joked about it at the 2013 Oscars, saying, “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.”
Weinstein was a long-time supporter of Democratic politicians and left-wing causes. After allegations against him first surfaced, he used it as an opportunity to attack the National Rifle Association, saying, “I am going to need a place to channel that anger, so I’ve decided that I’m going to give the NRA my full attention. I hope Wayne LaPierre will enjoy his retirement party. I’m going to do it at the same place I had my Bar Mitzvah.” Now that he’s in prison, that won’t be so easy.