"Harvey Weinstein was charged by California state prosecutors with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another, more than two years after accusations that the film producer had preyed on women first spilled into public view.
The charges, announced Monday in Los Angeles, come as Weinstein is about to go on trial in New York, where he’s accused of rape and predatory sexual assault. They add new peril for the former Hollywood power broker, who could face as long as life in prison if convicted in New York and now must also confront the new set of allegations that could send him to jail in California.
“We believe the evidence will show that the defendant used his power and influence to gain access to his victims and then commit violent crimes against them,” Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement before holding a press conference."
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