The movie producer Harvey Weinstein, already accused by prosecutors of sexually assaulting two women in Manhattan, has been indicted on additional charges that he forced a third woman to have sex with him. One of the new charges, predatory sexual assault, carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office announced the new charges on Monday after a grand jury in State Supreme Court in Manhattan voted to approve an updated indictment against Mr. Weinstein.
Once a powerful figure in Hollywood who could make or break careers, Mr. Weinstein, 66, was arrested in Manhattan in May on charges that he sexually assaulted two women, one in 2013 and one in 2004. He pleaded not guilty, and has said the encounters were consensual. A judge released him on $1 million bail as he awaits trial.
The updated indictment released on Monday accuses Mr. Weinstein of using force to compel a woman to allow him perform oral sex on her in July 2006. The woman was not identified in court papers. The additional charges are two counts of predatory sexual assault, and one count of criminal sexual act.
“This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward,” the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said. “Our investigation continues.”
More than 80 women, including the actresses Rose McGowan and Annabella Sciorra, have accused Mr. Weinstein in the last nine months of sexually harassing or assaulting them, often in hotel rooms or his offices, usually after luring them with a promise of a business meeting about films. The avalanche of accusations spurred women around the world to come forward with accounts of being sexually harassed and assaulted by their managers and other powerful men, shattering a code of silence that long shrouded such predatory behavior.
Even so, prosecutors in Manhattan have faced hurdles finding victims whose allegations were within the statute of limitations and who were also willing to testify in what is likely to be a highly publicized trial.
The first criminal sexual act charge stems from an encounter with Lucia Evans, a marketing executive and former actress who told The New Yorker, and then investigators from the Manhattan district attorney’s office, that Mr. Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him during what she expected would be a casting meeting. A second victim, who has not been publicly identified, told prosecutors Mr. Weinstein cornered her in a Midtown hotel room in March 2013 and raped her.
Prosecutors declined to give details about the encounter that was the basis for the new charges. The indictment said only that Mr. Weinstein “engaged in oral sexual conduct by forcible compulsion” on July 10, 2006.
Mr. Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said his client will enter a plea of not guilty to the new charges when he appears before a judge on July 9. “Mr. Weinstein maintains that all of these allegations are false and he expects to be fully vindicated,” Mr. Brafman said in a statement. “Furthermore to charge Mr. Weinstein as a predator when the interactions were each consensual is simply not justified.”
The new indictment puts increased pressure on Mr. Weinstein. The original indictment contained a top charge of first-degree rape, which carries a penalty of between five and 25 years in prison. But Mr. Weinstein is now charged with committing first-degree sexual crimes against more than one person, which is considered predatory sexual assault. If convicted on that charge, he faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to 25 years to life.
The predatory sexual assault law was not passed until 2006, so it could not be applied to the 2004 encounter involving Ms. Evans. But the other two women mentioned in the new indictment have said they were assaulted in 2006 and 2013, providing prosecutors a basis to charge Mr. Weinstein as a “predator,” law enforcement officials said.
Prosecutors said they are still interviewing witnesses and potential victims and the indictment against Mr. Weinstein may be updated again with more charges.
It remained unclear if the new charges stemmed from accusations already made public against Mr. Weinstein or concerned a woman who has yet to come forward on social media or in news reports.
Two of the women who have publicly accused Mr. Weinstein of attacking them in Manhattan are Paz de la Huerta and Mimi Haleyi. Ms. de la Huerta, an actress known for her work on “Boardwalk Empire,” told Vanity Fair last fall that Mr. Weinstein raped her on two separate occasions in her SoHo apartment in 2010.
Ms. Haleyi, who formerly worked as a production assistant on a Weinstein Company television series, told reporters at an October news conference that Mr. Weinstein had invited her to his SoHo apartment in 2006 for what she assumed was a professional meeting. She said she had said “No” several times in the previous weeks to his flirtatious advances, making it clear she had no romantic interest in him.
Once she was in his apartment, however, Ms. Haleyi said Mr. Weinstein backed her into a child’s bedroom, held her down on a bed and “orally forced himself” on her. “I tried to get him off me and kept asking him to stop but it was impossible,” she said at the news conference. “He was extremely persistent and overpowering.”
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