LONDON — British prosecutors stated Wednesday they’ve licensed police to cost former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein with two counts of indecent assault in opposition to a girl in London in 1996.
The Crown Prosecution Service stated in an announcement that “costs have been licensed” in opposition to Weinstein, 70, following a overview of proof gathered by London’s Metropolitan Police.
Police stated the alleged offenses in opposition to the girl, now in her 50s, befell in throughout July and August 1996.
After revelations about Weinstein emerged in 2017, British police stated they have been investigating a number of allegations of sexual assault that reportedly befell between the Eighties and 2015.
Not like many different international locations, Britain doesn’t have a statute of limitations for rape or sexual assault.
Weinstein, the co-founder of the Miramax leisure firm and The Weinstein Firm movie studio, was as soon as one of the crucial highly effective individuals in Hollywood, having produced movies corresponding to “Pulp Fiction” and “The Crying Sport.”
He grew to become probably the most distinguished villain of the #MeToo motion after girls started to go public in 2017 with accounts of his habits.
Weinstein is serving a 23-year sentence after his 2020 conviction in New York for raping an aspiring actress in a New York Metropolis lodge room in 2013 and sexually assaulting manufacturing assistant Mimi Haleyi at his condo in 2006.
He’s jailed in California, the place he was extradited final 12 months, and is awaiting trial on costs he assaulted 5 girls in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013.
It isn’t clear if the U.Ok. plans to hunt Weinstein’s extradition so he may stand trial in Britain.
The announcement in England on Wednesday got here two weeks after U.Ok. prosecutors licensed police to cost actor Kevin Spacey with 4 counts of sexual assault in opposition to three males. The alleged incidents befell in London between March 2005 and August 2008, and one in western England in April 2013.