The victim was initially interviewed as a possible corroborating witness to the earlier charges, according to the district attorney’s office. Last month, she provided information confirming that the assault took place within the 10-year statute of limitation, the district attorney’s office said.
“As we gather corroborating evidence, we have reached out to other possible sexual assault victims. If we find new evidence of a previously unreported crime, as we did here, we will investigate and determine whether additional criminal charges should be filed,” Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement.
The district attorney’s office also said it has declined to pursue two other potential cases against Weinstein because the accusers did not want to testify.
The district attorney’s office said it has initiated a request for temporary custody of Weinstein from New York, the first of several steps in the extradition process. Given the coronavirus pandemic, it is unclear when that move might occur.
Weinstein has not been arraigned on any charges in Los Angeles. He will be arraigned after he arrives in California, according to the district attorney’s office.
If convicted, Weinstein faces up to 29 years in prison.
A New York judge sentenced Weinstein, 68, to 20 years in prison for criminal sexual act and three years in prison for rape. The sentences will run consecutively, and both come with five years of supervision after release, and Weinstein must register as a sex offender.