A charge against Harvey Weinstein, which was dropped in July, has been filed again in the lawsuit against the former producer in Los Angeles.

It concerns an abuse incident that, according to the lawyers of the former filmmaker, was time-barred.

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  • Harvey Weinstein was a major film producer of such blockbusters as Sin City, Shakespeare in Love and The Lord of The Rings.

  • In early 2017, he was first accused of sexual abuse, dozens of other charges soon followed.

  • A year and a half later, Weinstein is arrested and officially charged.

  • In February 2020, the jury in New York will decide: Weinstein will be found guilty of assault and rape and sentenced to 23 years in prison.

  • Weinstein immediately announces his intention to appeal.

In late July, a judge granted the lawyers' request to have the charges dropped.

It concerned an incident that took place in May 2010. The indictment was filed in April of 2020 and therefore fell just within the 10-year statute of limitations of the state of California.

Because something was changed in the case in March of this year, the lawyers argued that it had been renewed and was now outside the statute of limitations.

The judge did give the Public Prosecution Service room to resubmit the complaint, substantiating that it concerns the same ongoing case that started in 2020, which has now happened.

Weinstein is on trial in Los Angeles for assaulting and raping five women between 2004 and 2013. He was transferred from New York State for the case, where he is serving a 23-year prison sentence for similar acts.

If Weinstein is also found guilty in California, he faces a maximum prison sentence of another 140 years.

See also: Overview: These are all the allegations against Harvey Weinstein