Harvey Weinstein was formally charged with four counts of sexual assault in Los Angeles County on Monday. The charges involve two cases of sexual misconduct that occurred in 2013 and include a felony count of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by force, and sexual battery by restraint.
“We believe the evidence will show that the defendant used his power and influence to gain access to his victims and then commit violent crimes against them,” Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statment.
Monday also marks the start of Weinstein's New York City trial where he has been charged with first-degree rape, predatory sexual assault, first-degree sexual assault and third-degree rape.
Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to the existing charges (five felony counts). According to Buzzfeed News, the disgraced mogul faces up to 28 years in prison if convicted of all charges.
Jury selection for the New York trial begins on Tuesday.