Harvey Weinstein faces new charges in the UK

(CNN) – Former Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein faces two charges of sexual assault in the United Kingdom against a woman in 1996.

Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said on Wednesday it had allowed Greater London Police to charge the 70-year-old after reviewing evidence that had been forcibly collected in their investigation.

Harvey Weinstein is photographed on February 24, 2020 in New York City.

In a statement Wednesday, Rosemary Ainsley, CPS’ head of special crimes, said the CPS “has authorized the Metropolitan Police to charge Harvey Weinstein with two counts of sexual assault of a woman in August 1996.”

Ainsley said the charges were approved after “reviewing the evidence collected by the Metropolitan Police in their investigation”.

The police force said in a statement that the two alleged crimes took place between July 31 and August 31, 1996 and that the alleged victim is now a 50-year-old woman.

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