(CNN) — Former Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein is facing two charges of sexual assault in the UK against a woman in 1996.
The UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said on Wednesday it had authorized the London Metropolitan Police to charge the 70-year-old man following a review of evidence forcibly gathered in its investigation.
In a statement Wednesday, Rosemary Ainslie, chief of the CPS Special Crimes Division, said CPS has “authorized the Metropolitan Police to charge Harvey Weinstein with two counts of sexual assault on a woman in August 1996.” .
Ainslie said the charges were authorized following “a review of the evidence gathered 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 a woman who is now 50 years old.