A third accuser has come forward with allegations that she was the victim of sexual misconduct at the hands of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Those allegations are reflected in a superseding indictment announced Monday by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. The indictment charges Weinstein, 66, with a first-degree criminal sexual act and two counts of predatory sexual assault pertaining to conduct from 2006; the latter charges carry a minimum 10-year sentence and a maximum penalty of life in prison.
The superseding indictment adds to the first- and third-degree rape charges and the first-degree criminal sexual act charges announced against Weinstein in May. The rape charges relate to an alleged victim from 2013 who, like the third victim, remains unnamed.
The criminal sexual act charge pertains to an accuser named Lucia Evans, a former aspiring actress who has said Weinstein forced her to give him oral sex in 2004, and who went public with her story.
“This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward,” said Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. in a news release.
Weinstein pleaded not guilty to the charges in his first indictment, and intends to plead not guilty to the new charges, said Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman of Benjamin A. Brafman & Associates.
“Mr. Weinstein maintains that all of these allegations are false and he expects to be fully vindicated,” Brafman said in an email. “Furthermore to charge Mr. Weinstein as a predator when the interactions were each consensual is simply not justified.”
Weinstein’s arraignment on the new charges is scheduled for July 9.