Harvey Weinstein now faces grave legal peril on both coasts, as Los Angeles prosecutors indicted him ahead of his New York trial.
- His charges could bring a maximum of 25 years in New York and 28 years in LA.
Why it matters: Less than three years ago, the producer numbered among the most powerful men in Hollywood.
- In LA, Weinstein is charged with raping a woman at a Los Angeles hotel in 2013, then sexually assaulting a woman in a Beverly Hills hotel suite the next night, the AP reports.
- In New York, "Weinstein is charged with raping one woman ... in March 2013 and forcing a second woman ... to allow him to perform oral sex on her at his apartment in Manhattan in 2006," the N.Y. Times reports.
- Lawyers for Weinstein had no immediate response to the new charges, though Weinstein has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, the AP notes.
Outside the courthouse in New York, actress and Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan called the trial “a moment of justice," per the Times.
Between the lines: The Manhattan DA will utilize a similar strategy as was used against Bill Cosby, the Times notes.
- It "has also won permission to call three other women, who have yet to be identified, to testify about their allegations of sexual assault by the producer. Prosecutors hope those witnesses will help convince a jury that Mr. Weinstein has long been a sexual predator, supporting the claims of the two main accusers."