UK allows charges against Harvey Weinstein for indecent assault

The UK has cleared indecent assault charges against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.

He faces two charges of indecent assault on a woman following an incident which allegedly took place in August 1996 in London. The unnamed victim is now in his 50s, according to the CPS.

“Charges have been authorized against Harvey Weinstein, 70, following a review of evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in their investigation,” the CPS said in a statement. “The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that the criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he is entitled to a fair trial.”

Weinstein is expected to be formally charged in the UK before a trial can begin. It’s unclear when that might happen, as Weinstein is serving 23 years in prison after being convicted of first-degree felony sexual assault and third-degree rape in February 2020. He was sentenced in March 2020.

Harvey Weinstein arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York on February 24, 2020.

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A New York appeals court upheld his conviction last week.

Weinstein, who co-founded the film production company Miramax with his brother, became the center of the #MeToo movement in October 2017 when the New York Times published a story alleging Weinstein had paid at least eight settlements to women in the accusing of sexual misconduct. .

Dozens of women publicly accused Weinstein of similar misconduct over the following weeks. He was fired from his own production company less than a week later.

In addition to the charges he was convicted of in New York, Weinstein was extradited to Los Angeles in July 2021 and charged with four counts each of forced rape and forced oral copulation.

He pleaded not guilty.

ABC News’ Alex Stone contributed to this report.

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