Harvey Weinstein Formally Charged with Sexual Assault of Four More Women
One victim was only 17 at the time of the alleged attack
Published May 29, 2020Harvey Weinstein has been formally charged with the sexual assault of four more women as the disgraced film producer already serves a 23-year prison sentence.
The latest allegations were formally filed in New York court on Thursday (May 28), with the allegations ranging from 1984 to 2013. One of the anonymous victims was 17 at the time of the alleged attack.
Despite Weinstein already being convicted of multiple sexual assault charges, his legal team has stated he will fight the new allegations in court.
"Mr. Weinstein intends to defend against the claims filed anonymously against him yesterday," Weinstein's legal representative from Imran H Ansari of Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins PC told BBC News.
The legal rep added, "Some of these claims, including those alleged to have occurred in the 1980s and 1990s, may be barred by the applicable statute of limitations, and not subject to any exceptions under the law, as these plaintiffs do not appear to be complainants in Mr. Weinstein's criminal case."
While the names of the alleged victims have not been released to the media, they currently reside in Tennessee, New York, Ecuador and Hungary. Some of the attacks are said to have taken place during meetings with Weinstein during the Cannes and Venice film festivals.
The BBC has outlined the new charges as follows:
● A 43-year-old woman from Tennesee claims that in 1994, when she was 17, Weinstein "falsely imprisoned, sexually assaulted, sexually battered and raped her" in his hotel room. The plaintiff, who wanted to break into the entertainment industry, alleges Weinstein demanded she perform oral sex on him.
● A 70-year-old woman from Ecuador claims that in 1984, when she was 34, Weinstein allegedly pinned her against a door and fondled her in his hotel room in Cannes, when she was looking to start a career as a documentary filmmaker.
● A 38-year old woman said she met Weinstein in Manhattan in 2008 and he offered to "help take her career to the next level". He allegedly raped her in his Soho apartment a few days later, telling her he would ruin her if she told anyone.
● A 35-year-old woman from Hungary claims that in 2013, when she was 26, she met Weinstein at the Venice Film Festival. A few months later, he allegedly forced her to perform oral sex on him when she met him in a hotel room.
At least 80 women have accused Weinstein of various forms of sexual misconduct, including actresses such as Asia Argento, Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek.
Weinstein was convicted in New York City of third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act in February — a conviction that led him to be sentenced to 23 years in prison.