The legal problems of convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein are by no means over, as the shamed Hollywood producer now has to respond to charges in Los Angeles that could possibly put him in jail for two more decades.
Weinstein faces a maximum of 29 years in prison after being convicted in New York on Monday for raping Jessica Mann in 2013 and sexually abusing Mimi Haleyi in 2006.
It followed a six-week trial full of graphic testimonies from a series of prosecutors who talked about rape, forced oral sex, groping, masturbation, and brutal proposals.
Now Weinstein will have to return to the courtroom for individual indictments that he faces in Los Angeles in a case that is expected to have a much broader scope.
In the California case, Weinstein is accused of raping a woman in a hotel in Beverly Hills and groping another woman while masturbating in a hotel bathroom on consecutive nights during the Oscars week in 2013.
He is accused of forced rape, forced oral copulation, sexual penetration through the use of force and sexual battery through restraint.
The charges, announced the night before his rape trial in New York on January 6, allowed Weinstein to be imprisoned for another 28 years if he was convicted of the most serious counts.
Harvey Weinstein will now have to respond to allegations in Los Angeles that could potentially put him in jail for two more decades after being convicted Monday in New York for raping Jessica Mann in 2013 and sexually abusing Mimi Haleyi in 2006
The LA case only starts after his conviction in New York on March 11 and no date has yet been set.
Weinstein is expected to be detained by the authorities of Los Angeles so that he can stand there. If he is convicted, he would serve every possible prison sentence in California after his sentence in New York.
Weinstein’s lawyer, Donna Rotunno, told DailyMail.com that their team has not yet started thinking about the LA case.
One of the woman Weinstein is accused of sexual abuse in the LA case, Lauren Marie Young, was one of the six accusers who testified during the trial in New York.
Young, a model and actress, was one of three women who were allowed to testify because prosecutors wanted to show Weinstein’s “previous bad deeds” to establish a pattern of abuse.
It is not yet clear how many witnesses to past bad deeds will call LA prosecutors in that case.
California does not have the same limitations as New York in allowing such witnesses and prosecutors allegedly hope to take advantage of it by increasing the scope and number of witnesses they can use to create an alleged pattern see.
Italian-Filipino model Ambra Gutierrez is expected to be one of those witnesses, sources said New York Times.
One of the woman Weinstein is accused of sexual abuse in the LA case, Lauren Marie Young, was one of the six accusers who testified during the trial in New York
The Italian-Filipino model Ambra Gutierrez is expected to testify in Los Angeles. Gutierrez was one of the first women to publicly accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct in 2015 when she went to the police and claimed that he caressed her breasts and put his hand on her skirt during a business meeting. She is pictured out of court on Monday in New York
Gutierrez was one of the first women to publicly accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct in 2015 when she went to the police and claimed that he caressed her breasts and put his hand on her skirt during a business meeting.
Investigators let her wear a thread when she went to meet the producer the next day and he heard in the tapes apologizing for his inappropriate touch when he begged her to go to his hotel room.
However, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance refused to make a declaration at that time.
Although LA prosecutors cannot lodge charges against Weinstein for Gutierrez’s allegations, her testimony is expected to play a role there.
In the charge against Weinstein in LA, prosecutors claim that he raped an unidentified prosecutor after attending a Hollywood film festival together on 17 February 2013.
After the woman returned to her hotel room, Weinstein knocked on her door and let him in. They spoke shortly before she claimed that he had attacked and raped her.
Prosecutors said that the woman had postponed the disclosure of the alleged attack because Weinstein partially threatened her life.
The following evening, Young – the second prosecutor – said she was going to a Weinstein hotel room with an acquaintance of her – Mexican model Claudia Salinas – after a business meeting.
Prosecutors say that Young Weinstein accidentally followed the bathroom and that Salinas closed the door behind him. Allegedly, Weinstein then undressed naked, took a short shower, undressed Young naked, and then masturbated before releasing her.
Salinas, who had been brought to New York as a defense witness, denied that Young was not in the bathroom with Weinstein.
The shamed Hollywood producer was handcuffed in court before being led away. He has been detained until his March 11 sentence and is likely to be detained in the grim Rikers Island prison in New York City
Weinstein was convicted by a jury of sexually abusive former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 (left) and raping aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013 (right)
After being convicted in New York, prosecutors welcomed it as a crucial moment that could change the way the justice system treats a kind of sexual violence that historically was considered difficult to prove.
Most of the women who testified against Weinstein remained in contact with him – and sometimes had consensual sexual encounters with him – after alleged attacks. No one reported his crimes immediately. There was little physical evidence to reinforce their stories.
Anyway, the jury condemned the producer as found guilty of raping Jessica Mann in 2013 and sexually assaulting Mimi Haleyi in 2006.
He was acquitted of the two most serious counts of predatory assault, each of which involved a possible life sentence. He was also found not guilty of rape in the first degree against Mann.
“This is a new day,” Vance said after the verdict was announced.
‘Rape is rape, whether the survivor reports within an hour, within a year or perhaps never. It is rape despite the complicated dynamics of power and permission after an attack. It is rape, even if there is no physical evidence. ”
Dozens of women who have come through the entertainment industry with Weinstein have said that he has bullied, pressured, forced or overwhelmed them while demanding sexual favors. The alleged meetings took place over many decades, amid film screenings in Los Angeles, film festivals in Cannes and business meetings in New York or London.
Only six accusers were involved in the New York case: three directly related to the charges and three whose testimony was intended to prosecute the case.
Weinstein’s defense team argued that the encounters were consensual, perhaps “transactional”: he wanted sex, they wanted access to his power over the film world.
Although the law recognizes that people can be mistreated by intimate partners in ongoing relationships, those cases have rarely been prosecuted in the past because they are difficult to prove, various litigation lawyers said.
However, the tide is changing as prosecutors take more risks and juries become more aware of the complexity of human behavior.