Federal Prosecutors Explore Bringing Charges, Including Wire Fraud, Against Weinstein

TOPSHOT - Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein enters Manhattan criminal court June 5, 2018 in New York. - Weinstein pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault charges in New York. Weinstein was charged with r... TOPSHOT - Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein enters Manhattan criminal court June 5, 2018 in New York. - Weinstein pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault charges in New York. Weinstein was charged with rape and another sex crime in New York in late May, nearly eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of accusations of sexual misconduct. (Photo by EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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September 7, 2018 9:24 am
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Federal prosecutors are looking into possible charges for wire fraud and other crimes Harvey Weinstein may have committed on top of the state charges he is already facing, according to a Thursday Wall Street Journal report.

The possible federal charges would be related to the state ones — which include rape and predatory sexual assault — as they deal with Weinstein’s alleged attempts to silence his accusers, involving working with the Israeli firm Black Cube to obtain damaging information on them.

Weinstein’s lawyer told the Wall Street Journal that the movie executive hired Black Cube to “defend himself through legal action from serious and patently false allegations.”

Per the Wall Street Journal, the federal prosecutors’ case could be used as a backup for the state one since the crimes Weinstein has been accused of (and pleaded not guilty to) are notoriously difficult to prove in court.

Weinstein is currently out on $1 million bail and is expected back in court for the state case on September 20.

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