Harvey Weinstein surrenders: What happens next?

28 May, 2018, 19:59 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to Rape in New York

He was arraigned in the first criminal prosecution to result from the multitude of allegations against him, and was charged with first- and third-degree rape and a criminal sex act, as well as lower-level sex abuse and sexual misconduct charges.

The Hollywood producer stands accused by more than 70 women of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some of the accusations going back decades.

Weinstein is accused of forcing then-aspiring actress Lucia Evans to perform oral sex in 2004 and raping a second unknown woman on March 18, 2013, at the DoubleTree hotel on Lexington Avenue in Midtown. The New York judge set Weinstein's first court date for July.

At a press conference outside the courthouse, Weinstein's attorney Ben Brafman said he will enter a plea of not guilty and move to dismiss charges, repeating that Weinstein, as he has said before, denies all nonconsensual sexual activity.

"We obviously did not come here to try the case", Brafman said.

Brafman called the charges "constitutionally flawed" and "not supported by the facts", and he reiterated Weinstein's claim that all the sexual activities he engaged in with his accusers was consensual.

A statement from the NYPD - which has worked with the DA office on the case - also thanked "these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".

Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to rape charges after turning himself in to authorities in NY on Friday, May 25. Nothing about today's proceedings changes Mr Weinstein's position.

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Harvey Weinstein appears at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday, May 25, 2018.

The New York Times reported on Thursday that investigators in Manhattan were preparing to arrest the disgraced movie mogul and he was expected to surrender to authorities.

To make bail, he posted a cashier's check for $1 million and spoke only once, when asked if he understood the terms of his release, which include surrendering his passport, and wearing a Global Positioning System tracking device.

Mr Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood, and to the extent that there is bad behaviour in that industry, that is not what this is about.

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

McGowan further said she doesn't "ever want to see him again" and that she doesn't want to forgive him.

As women opened up about Weinstein's history of sexually abusing and assaulting them, others from across the world came forward with their own accounts of being sexually harassed and assaulted by powerful men, triggering the global #MeToo movement. Both happened in NY. "They couldn't get a conviction", he said. "I think five years from now, a lot of these weeds will be taken out".

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