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Harvey Weinstein charged in Los Angeles with rape and sexual assault

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been charged with rape and sexual assault in Los Angeles.

The charge, which references two incidents which occurred across two days in 2013, arrive on the same day that Weinstein heads to trial for similar offences in New York City.

According to a statement by the Los Angeles district attorney’s office, Weinstein faces charges of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint and sexual penetration by use of force.

The claims span from allegations that Weinstein forced himself into a woman’s hotel room on February 18th, 2013, and raped her. The charges then detail an incident, which occurred the following day, that Weinstein assaulted a different woman in a hotel suite in Beverly Hills. If found guilty, he could be face up to 28 years in prison.

“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,” L.A. DA Jackie Lacey said. “I want to commend the victims who have come forward and bravely recounted what happened to them. It is my hope that all victims of sexual violence find strength and healing as they move forward.”

With no court date set, it is claimed that Weinstein’s bail will be set at $5 million.

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