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Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York in February 2020. Photo: AFP

Harvey Weinstein to be charged with indecent assault in UK

  • The former film mogul is accused of offences against a woman in London in 1996
  • Weinstein is serving 23 years in prison in New York after convictions in several high-profile #MeToo convictions

British prosecutors said on Wednesday they have authorised police to charge former film mogul Harvey Weinstein with two counts of indecent assault against a woman in London in 1996.

The Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement that “charges have been authorised” against Weinstein, 70, following a review of evidence gathered by London’s Metropolitan Police.

Police said the alleged offences against the woman, now in her 50s, took place in during July and August 1996.

After revelations about Weinstein emerged in 2017, British police said they were investigating multiple allegations of sexual assault that reportedly took place between the 1980s and 2015. Unlike many other countries, Britain does not have a statute of limitations for rape or sexual assault.


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Weinstein, the co-founder of the Miramax entertainment company and The Weinstein Company film studio, was once one of the most powerful people in Hollywood, having produced films such as Pulp Fiction and The Crying Game.

He became the most prominent villain of the #MeToo movement after women began to go public in 2017 with accounts of his behaviour.

Weinstein is serving a 23-year sentence after his 2020 conviction in New York for raping an aspiring actress in a New York hotel room in 2013 and sexually assaulting production assistant Mimi Haleyi at his apartment in 2006.

He is jailed in California, where he was extradited last year, and is awaiting trial on charges he assaulted five women in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013.

Kevin Spacey to face four sex assault charges in Britain

It is not clear if the UK plans to seek Weinstein’s extradition so he could stand trial in Britain.

The announcement in England on Wednesday came two weeks after UK prosecutors authorised police to charge actor Kevin Spacey with four counts of sexual assault against three men.

The alleged incidents took place in London between March 2005 and August 2008, and one in western England in April 2013.