Weinstein charged with sex crimes in LA
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Prosecutors in Los Angeles are charging Harvey Weinstein with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office announced on Monday. 

Prosecutors say the alleged crimes occurred over a two-day period in 2013. According to prosecutors, Weinstein raped one of the victims in a hotel after pushing his way inside her room. The next evening, he allegedly sexually assaulted another woman in a Beverly Hills hotel suite.

Weinstein faces up to 28 years in prison if convicted on the charges, which were announced the same day a separate rape trial began in New York.


The 67-year-old ex-Hollywood executive — who's faced allegations of sexual misconduct from multiple women — was seen grinning toward the cameras as he arrived at a New York courthouse on Monday. 

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to charges that he raped a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and engaged a different woman in a forcible sex act in 2006. Weinstein has repeatedly said that all sexual acts were consensual.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey called the timing of the newly announced charges on the same day of the start of Weinstein's New York trial "coincidental."

"The bottom line is we have been working on this case quite diligently in the last couple of years and as it turns out, coincidentally our case was ready to go this year," Lacey said at a Monday news conference, "and this is the first business day that we can get everyone together that we needed in order to do this."

Lacey said her office did not want to "interfere" with the New York case. 

—Updated at 2:39 p.m.