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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 October 2018

Harvey Weinstein accused of forcible sex act by third woman

Manhattan’s DA announced charges in an updated indictment, saying that the incident occurred in 2006

Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein and his attorney Benjamin Brafman leave the court after his hearing on two counts of rape in State Supreme Court in New York. Jason Szenes / EPA 
Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein and his attorney Benjamin Brafman leave the court after his hearing on two counts of rape in State Supreme Court in New York. Jason Szenes / EPA 

Manhattan’s district attorney announced the charges in an updated indictment, saying Weinstein performed a forcible sex act on the woman in 2006.

A representative for Weinstein, 66, had no immediate comment.

“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,” District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said in a statement. “Our investigation continues. If you are a survivor of the predatory abuse with which Mr. Weinstein is charged, there is still time to pursue justice.”

The district attorney’s representatives did not identify the accuser in the updated charges.

Weinstein is scheduled for arraignment on the new charges July 9.

A grand jury previously indicted Weinstein on charges involving two women. One of the alleged victims in the criminal case, who has not been identified publicly, told investigators that Weinstein cornered her in a hotel room and raped her in 2013. The other accuser, former actress Lucia Evans, has gone public with her account of Weinstein forcing her to perform a sex act at his office in 2004.

More than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing. Several actresses and models accused him of criminal sexual assaults, including film actress Rose McGowan, who said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah, Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, who said he raped her in her New York apartment in 1992, and the Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe, who said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008.

New York City police detectives said in early November that they were investigating allegations by another accuser, Boardwalk Empire actress Paz de la Huerta, who told police in October that Weinstein raped her twice in 2010.

Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex, with his attorney challenging the credibility of his alleged victims.