*Maybe now those folks who’ve complained that Bill Cosby, Russell Simmons and other notable black men who have put on blast by the #MeToo Movement, can finally feel a sense of fairness and justice.
That’s because today Harvey Weinstein will be charged with two counts of sexual assault in Los Angeles. It will have the effect of deepening the legal peril faced by the fallen Hollywood mogul as his trial on similar charges in New York City was expected to begin this month.
In other words, he’s pretty much up the ol’ u-know-what-creek without a paddle.
The bottom line is that the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has filed charges of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint, according to a news release issued Monday morning. In fact, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey held a press conference in downtown Los Angeles to lay out the charges (scroll down to watch).
“We believe the evidence will show that the defendant used his power and influence to gain access to his victims and then commit crimes against them,” Lacey said “I want to commend the victims who have come forward and bravely recounted what happened to them.”
— Jackie Lacey (@LADAOffice) January 6, 2020
As we said above, charges in Los Angeles would only deepen the legal peril facing Weinstein, who appeared in a downtown Manhattan courtroom Monday. Jury selection will begin Tuesday in his trial there. Weinstein is charged with first-degree rape, two counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of first-degree sexual assault and one count of third-degree rape. Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant for Weinstein’s company, has accused the mogul of assaulting her in 2006. A second unidentified woman also told police Weinstein attacked her in New York in 2013.
A number of other women who have accused Weinstein of assaulting them in hotel rooms, including an Italian actress who has accused Weinstein of assaulting her in Beverly Hills in 2013, are expected to testify at his New York trial.
Read the full story at LATimes.com.
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