Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police, charged with first-degree rape

25 May, 2018, 20:23 | Author: Earnest Bishop
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His past clients include former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who ultimately escaped criminal prosecution for alleged sexual assault in 2011.

"This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually" - prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said.

Weinstein flinched as he heard the description.

Weinstein denies any non-consensual sex and has reportedly been in treatment for sex addiction.

"We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges", Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Braffman said. The alleged incidents took place in 2013 and 2004 and involve two women. A judge agreed to release Weinstein on $1 million bail, with constant electronic monitoring and a ban on traveling beyond NY and CT.

The former mogul - once the toast of Hollywood and whose films won scores of Oscars - grinned as he was escorted into a Manhattan court building in handcuffs. Bail was set at $1 million cash with a $10 million bond alternative.

United States media reported that the former movie powerbroker - once the toast of Hollywood, with his films winning scores of Oscars - had been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury.

As he turned himself in, Weinstein, 66, found himself surrounded by lights and cameras in a spectacle he couldn't control. Argento posted two messages to her social media pages: "What took you so long, Harvey? and "Harvey Weinstein isn't smiling now", both accompanied by screenshots of Weinstein heading into the courtroom".

The NYPD did not specify the degrees of these charges, though CNN reported previously Weinstein was expected to be charged with first-and third-degree rape.

Weinstein made no comment as he walked into the 1st Precinct police station in Manhattan at about 7:30 a.m, to surrender to authorities.

Last fall, Evans went public with claims that Weinstein had sexually assaulted her in his office in 2004.

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"This is an emotional moment".

"Today we are one step closer to justice", McGowan said, according to Variety.

"I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, ' " she told the New Yorker, adding, "He's a big guy".

In total, more than 100 women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment, in cases that stretch back decades.

Weinstein was arraigned at a New York City courthouse around 9:30am ET.

The criminal sex act charge against Weinstein stems from an encounter with Lucia Evans, who told The New Yorker and then investigators from the Manhattan district attorney's office that Hollywood producer forced her to perform oral sex on him during what she thought would be a casting meeting.

"We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you", McGowan tweeted during Weinstein's arraignment.

Until the scandal, Weinstein was among the most influential forces in American film.

He co-founded Miramax, which has produced such Academy Award-winning films as Pulp Fiction, Chicago, The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love.

Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez accused Weinstein of groping and harassing her in 2015, but the district attorney ultimately decided that evidence was insufficient to prosecute. We stand with the fearless women who came forward against Harvey Weinstein.

Other actresses who have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct include Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek.

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