Cuffed Harvey Weinstein taken to New York courthouse on rape charge

26 May, 2018, 13:15 | Author: Heather Diaz
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Weinstein stands accused by more than 70 women of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some of the accusations going back decades.

According to the Times' Ben Mueller, one of the two women cited in the charges is actress Lucia Evans, who told her story to journalist Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker past year.

Weinstein, 66, was formally charged with rape, criminal sex acts, sex abuse and sexual misconduct.

The reports surfaced with the Manhattan District Attorney's office and NY police department have been investigating Weinstein for months. He carried thick books under his right arm, including what appeared to be biographies of Broadway musical legends Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and Elia Kazan, the director of such classic Hollywood films as "On the Waterfront".

Weinstein was released later on Friday on a $1 million bond.

Early Friday, Harvey Weinstein turned himself into police in NY and was arrested and charged on criminal sex charges, seven months after over 100 women in Hollywood came forward accusing the disgraced producer of sexual misconduct. "The NYPD thanks these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".

The charges followed a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office.

Just before 9 a.m. ET Weinstein was photographed leaving the NYPD precinct in handcuffs. Weinstein had consistently denied all charged levelled against him in the past, even after he was sacked from the Weinstein Company and expelled by the Academy a year ago.

"People are so sad, and they are so sick of it", McGowan said of the many other powerful men who have faced sexual misconduct allegations since Weinstein's downfall.

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The Reuters news agency said the rape charge relates to a woman who was not identified. Asia Argento, who said Weinstein sexually assaulted her, said on Friday: "We, the women, finally have real hope for justice".

Mr Weinstein was sacked previous year from his production firm, the Weinstein Company, which later filed for bankruptcy. "This is the first time since written history that women are being believed - begrudgingly, but still".

He denies the charges against him, and his high-powered lawyer has already said he will plead not guilty. And in 2013, the complaint alleges that Weinstein kept another woman "against her will in a room" where he "engaged in sexual intercourse" with her even though the woman had "clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act".

"I represent many accusers of Harvey Weinstein, both in lawsuits and in claims in bankruptcy court". He sought treatment for sex addiction at a facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, the New York Times reported.

His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said Friday that he would fight to get the charges dismissed.

Asked about the raft of other allegations against Weinstein, Brafman said the case was a question of crime, not bad behaviour.

Major figures in media and politics have lost their jobs or had their reputations tarnished by allegations that they subjected women to unwanted advances or outright assaults.

She was among the first women to speak out about the producer and has confirmed to The New Yorker to be pressing charges.

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