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UK prosecutors clear indecent assault charges against Harvey Weinstein


UK prosecutors said on Wednesday (June 8) that former Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein would be charged with two counts of indecent assault on a woman in London in 1996.

The Metropolitan Police have been authorized to charge the former Hollywood movie mogul. The 70-year-old will be charged after a review of evidence gathered by the force.

Rosemary Ainslie, head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Special Crimes Division said: “Charges have been authorized against Harvey Weinstein, 70, following a review of evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in their investigation. .”

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Ainslie added: ‘The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that the criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he is entitled to a fair trial.’

Authorities say the alleged assault took place between July 31 and August 31, 1996 in London and the woman involved is now in her 50s.

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Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence in the United States. In a historic verdict for the #MeToo movement, he was found guilty of rape and sexual assault in 2020.

As mentioned by UK media, the CPS also said it was “extremely important” that there was no reporting, sharing or commenting of information online. Such moves could damage the case.

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