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Harvey Weinstein Charged with Rape, Other Sex Crimes

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Harvey Weinstein has been charged in Los Angeles with rape and other sex crimes, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

The charges come on the eve of jury selection in a criminal trial against Weinstein in New York, where he has been charged with felony sexual assault.

Weinstein is being charged with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents in 2013, the district attorney’s office said.

“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,” District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. The news of the charges came just hours after Rose McGowan, Rosanna Arquette and other women who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct rallied near a New York City courthouse as he arrived for the first day of his criminal trial.

Weinstein faces charges that he raped a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on another woman in 2006. The activity in the courtroom Monday was largely procedural before proceedings were adjourned for the day, with jury selection expected to begin Tuesday.