Harvey Weinstein, a former Hollywood film producer, was charged with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in 2013 in Los Angeles.
The charges were announced as Weinstein’s trial got underway in New York on five other charges on Monday.
According to Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Weinstein force fully entered into a woman’s hotel room and raped her on Feb. 18. The next evening, he allegedly sexually assaulted another woman in a hotel suite.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged Weinstein with rape, forcible oral copulation, and sexual penetration for the first alleged assault. For the second, he was charged with sexual battery by restraint, according to a press release.
The long delay between the alleged crime and charges occurred because the women had been hesitant in reporting all the information.
In a statement, Lackey said that he believed the evidence would show that defendant used his power and influence to gain access to his victims and then commit violent crimes against them. He also appreciated the victims who came forward and expressed their stories.
On the same day that Harvey Weinstein was set to face trial in New York over alleged sex crimes, authorities in Los Angeles charged the former movie mogul with raping and assaulting two women in two days in 2013
Weinstein has denied all allegations of “non consensual sexual activity” related to the New York case and other claims made against him, and called them consensual.
Once one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers and gatekeepers, Weinstein’s career collapsed in October 2017. This happened when The New York Times and The New Yorker published stories detailing numerous accusations of sexual harassment and assault against him.
Since then, more than 80 women have come forward with similar stories of Weinstein using his power and influence to take advantage of young female assistants and actresses over several decades. The reporting, which garnered the two outlets the Pulitzer Prize, also showed how Weinstein used his powerful team of attorneys and media allies to pressurize the women into staying silent.