Ahead of Harvey Weinstein’s January trial in New York City, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing eight accusations of sexual misconduct against the disgraced producer.
Details about the accusations are not public at this time, but Variety reported Tuesday that two of the accusations are recent, filed in just the last few months. Under review are four cases from the Los Angeles Police Department, and four other cases from Beverly Hills police. The Los Angeles D.A. has not yet decided if charges will be filed on any of these cases, according to Variety.
Most of the accusations have been under review since early 2018 — two of the Beverly Hills cases were submitted in January 2018, followed by a third in June of that year. Three of the LAPD cases were submitted in February 2018.
The accusations are being reviewed as part of a task force investigation established by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, USA Today reported.
Representatives for Weinstein did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap. Representatives for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The accusations under review in L.A. are among dozens against Weinstein, who has consistently denied any wrongdoing. Earlier this month, Kaja Sokola, a Polish model who has accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 years old, sued him, his brother Bob, Disney and Miramax under New York’s Child Victims Act.
Sokola was originally part of a class-action lawsuit against Weinstein under a pseudonym and would have been a part of the $25 million settlement that has tentatively been reached between Weinstein and his accusers in early December. But by coming forward and filing her own suit, Sokola has indicated that she could not agree with the terms of the settlement and, thus, will not be participating in it.
Also in early December, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office raised Weinstein’s bail from $1 million to up to $5 million, after accusations surfaced that Weinstein may have tampered with his electronic ankle bracelet tracking monitor, according to a report in the Associated Press. Weinstein was given three options to cover a new bail of up to $5 million and was warned he could face jail time over any other issues. Through a bail bondsman, he agreed to meet the bail obligations by submitting $2 million in cash, and other assets.
Weinstein’s New York trial on multiple charges of sexual assault and rape is scheduled to begin Jan. 6. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces, including that he raped a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and that he performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. He maintains that any sexual activity was consensual.
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