Harvey Weinstein Arrested, Charged With Rape and Sex Abuse

"This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he could violate them sexually", prosecutor Joan Illuzzi told the judge. Film actress Rose McGowan said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah, "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992 and Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008.

Weinstein has previously denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

Weinstein's defense attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said, "I did not come here to try the case", and emphasized how his client was "aware of this for many months" and how he voluntarily surrendered to police.

In addition to the allegations of numerous women, she's also reported on the powerful relationships across industries the movie producer used to help keep his accusers quiet.

"Assuming", he added, "we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case".

Besides the immediate satisfaction of seeing Weinstein face justice, McGowan said she firmly believes that his story, and the cultural natural disaster that followed, will have a profound and lasting impact on how society treats powerful abusers who engage in sexual misconduct.

She also says her "brave and handsome client has sacrificed her privacy and peace to come forward" and asks that she be left alone. His bond was set at $10 million and he was outfitted with a Global Positioning System monitor that will allow him to travel only within NY and CT. The Hollywood producer left the Manhattan courthouse through a back door. The film producer has until next week to decide whether to tesitfy before a grand jury.

As he turned himself in, Weinstein, 66, found himself surrounded by lights and cameras in a spectacle he couldn't control.

Media caption " It's a concrete slap in the face of abuse of power", says actor Rose McGowan on Harvey Weinstein being charged.

First-degree rape and criminal sex act are class B felonies, while third-degree rape is a class E felony.


A smirking and handcuffed Weinstein was led from the precinct house past a phalanx of photographers and into an unmarked police SUV for the short ride to the courthouse for his arraignment.

The rape charge relates to a woman whose identity remains unknown. With his arm held by a detective, Weinstein was brought in a back entrance of the courtroom and walked in a half-circle; he dazedly looked around the room and appeared to mouth the word "wow" as he entered.

Attorney Carrie Goldberg represents former actress Lucia Evans, who says Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in his office in 2004. "This is the first time since written history that women are being believed - begrudgingly, but still".

"This is an emotional moment".

Now, with his name redefined as a synonym for sexual abuse, we finally have the images that complete the disgraced film titan's story. The exact charges against Weinstein still had not been made public early Friday. "The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office", the NYPD said.

New York City police also have been investigating allegations by "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta, who told police last fall that Weinstein raped her twice in 2010 when she was drinking and not in a condition to give consent. Another aspiring actress, Mimi Haleyi, said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in his NY apartment in 2006. More than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing around the globe.

Harvey Weinstein's day of reckoning has come. While she was there, Mr. Weinstein called her and set up a meeting for the following day.

It's been almost eight months since accusations of rape, sex assault and harassment first surfaced against the 66-year-old Weinstein.

The other charge is related to an incident on March 18, 2013, where Weinstein allegedly kept a woman "physically against her will" at 569 Lexington Avenue and raped her, according to the Manhattan DA's office. On Thursday US film star Morgan Freeman apologised following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Authorities in California and London also are investigating assault allegations.


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