Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been indicted by a New York grand jury on rape and sex assault charges.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Weinstein was indicted on rape in the first degree, rape in the third degree and committing a criminal sexual act. The charges relate to sexual acts allegedly against two women dating back to 2004 and 2013.
District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who announced the indictment, said in a statement: “This indictment brings the defendant another step closer to accountability for the crimes of violence with which he is now charged.”
“Our office will try this case not in the press but in the courtroom where it belongs. The defendant’s recent assault on the integrity of the survivors and the legal process is predictable. We are confident that when the jury hears the evidence, it will reject these attacks out of hand,” he continued.
Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said on Wednesday that his client would not testify before the grand jury, The Hollywood Reporter notes.
Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment or assault by more than 70 women, has denied ever having non-consensual sex.