Accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein has been hit with new sexual assault charges by the Manhattan District Attorney‘s office, which could see the disgraced Hollywood producer face life behind bars if found guilty.
Weinstein, who was indicted in May on separate charges of rape and criminal sex, now stands accused of forcing oral sex on a woman in 2006.
The latest charges brought against him include one count of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, and two counts of Predatory Sexual Assault.
Deadline reports the criminal sex charge could see Weinstein spend a decade behind bars if found guilty. If proven, the predatory charges could result in a life sentence.
In a statement, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. said “This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward.
“Our investigation continues.”
In a statement provided by his lawyer Ben Brafman, Weinstein said he believes he will be “fully vindicated” in court.
Weinstein is expected to stand before a New York City judge for arraignment on July 9.
Elsewhere, Weinstein remains the subject of additional investigations in Los Angeles and London.
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