Harvey Weinstein to be charged in the U.K. over assault claims

Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan court in New York
British prosecutors say charges have been authorized against Harvey Weinstein, 70, following a review of evidence gathered by London’s Metropolitan Police.
(Mark Lennihan / Associated Press)

British prosecutors said Wednesday they have authorized police to charge ex-film producer 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 authorized” against Weinstein, 70, following a review of evidence gathered by London’s Metropolitan Police.

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


After revelations about Weinstein emerged in 2017, British police said they were investigating multiple allegations of sexual assault against Weinstein 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.

Weinstein is serving a 23-year sentence for rape after his 2020 conviction in New York for offenses against two women.

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.

Prosecutors have once again obtained a modified indictment against Harvey Weinstein, after a judge tossed a sexual battery charge against him recently.

Aug. 23, 2021

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.”

Harvey Weinstein still faces 10 other counts of rape and sexual assault involving attacks on five women in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.

Aug. 12, 2021

The announcement in England on Wednesday came two weeks after U.K. prosecutors authorized 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 in western England in April 2013.