Harvey Weinstein was hit with additional sex crime charges Monday tied to a new, third accuser that could send him to prison for life.
After the unnamed woman testified before a grand jury on Friday, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. got new indictments against the pervy producer for a forcible sexual act in 2006 — and with a third accuser establishing a pattern, was able to add two counts of predatory sexual assault.
The top predatory sex act charges mean Weinstein faces life behind bars, according to the DA. He had been looking at up to 25 years on felony charges of rape and a criminal sex act, to which he’s pleaded not guilty.
“A Manhattan grand jury has now indicted Harvey Weinstein on some of the most serious sexual offenses that exist under New York’s Penal Law,” said Vance said in a statement.
The movie mogul will be arraigned on the new indictment on July 9, where his lawyer says he’ll plead not guilty again.
“Mr. Weinstein maintains that all of these allegations are false and he expects to be fully vindicated. Furthermore to charge Mr. Weinstein as a predator when the interactions were each consensual is simply not justified,” his attorney Ben Brafman said in a statement.
Of the more than 80 woman who’ve publicly accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, only one has alleged that he committed a forcible sex act on her in Manhattan in 2006.
Former production assistant Mimi Haleyi last year said he invited her to his Soho family home that year, when she was in her 20s — then allegedly held her down on one of his kid’s beds, pulled out her tampon and performed oral sex on her while she begged him to stop.
Haleyi’s lawyer, Gloria Allred, said Monday she had no comment on whether her client “is or is not the alleged victim in the new indictment.”
The earlier charges in Weinstein’s case stem from allegations that he forced aspiring actress Lucia Evans to perform oral sex on him in 2004, and raped a second woman at a DoubleTree hotel in Manhattan in 2013.
Evans told the New Yorker that she was just a college student when she met Weinstein in a nightclub and he offered to introduce her to a casting executive.
They met alone at his Miramax office in Tribeca, where he told her she’d “be great in ‘Project Runway’” if she lost weight — then pulled out his penis and forced her onto it, she alleged in the magazine.
Weinstein, who has denied ever forcing any woman into sex, is currently out on $1 million bail, and is wearing an ankle monitor top ensure he doesn’t leave the confines of New York and Connecticut.
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