Harvey Weinstein indicted on three additional sex assault charges

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Harvey Weinstein is staring down the barrel of a life sentence after he was hit with new charges on Monday. Specifically, the producer has now been charged with an additional count of Sexual Assault in the First Degree and two counts of Predatory Sexual Assault.

Harvey Weinstein was fighting rape and sexual assault charges against a total of three women Monday, as NY prosecutors build a high-stakes legal battle targeting the disgraced Hollywood mogul.

Vance issued a statement about the new charges saying, "This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward". The office of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr., announced the additional charges, saying that they involve a third woman, coming from an incident in 2006.

The charges come on of top of his previous indictment for two counts of rape and one first-degree criminal sex act charge related to alleged incidents with a woman in 2013 and another woman in 2004. "Mr Weinstein intends to enter a plea of not guilty and vigorously defend against these unsupported allegations that he strongly denies".

Vance urged any other "survivors" of Weinstein's alleged "predatory abuse" to come forward.

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Weinstein was already facing three sex crime charges, concerning allegations involving two women, and carrying a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. But Lucia Evans, a marketing consultant and former aspiring actress, previously went public with the accusation that Weinstein had forced her to perform oral sex on him in Miramax's Tribeca office.

His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

Weinstein's arraignment on the new charges is scheduled for July 9.

More than 70 women have accused him of sexual misconduct - those accusations leading to the rise of the Me Too movement.

Jodi Kantor and The New York Times broke the initial Weinstein story last fall - reporting that has since earned Kantor and her team the Pulitzer Prize.

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