Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Rape Charges in New York City

31 May, 2018, 20:06 | Author: Rita Burton
  • Film producer Harvey Weinstein leaves the New York Police Department's 1st Precinct in Manhattan in New York

Harvey Weinstein has arrived at a police station in NY where he is expected to surrender himself to face criminal charges in a sexual assault probe.

In a declaration filed on May 3 in the Weinstein Co's bankruptcy proceedings, lawyer Benjamin Brafman said Mr Weinstein was a "principal target" of an investigation being carried out by the United States attorney's office in Manhattan. Dozens of women have made allegations, including of rape and sexual assault.

The Hollywood film producer has "unequivocally denied" any allegations of non-consensual sex.

"Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement.

The film mogul carried three books under his arm as he surrendered at a New York City police station Friday.

Not too hard, though, because Mr. Weinstein is reportedly planning on pleading not guilty to the charges.

The numerous allegations against Weinstein stretching back years have been credited as a catalyst for the #MeToo movement, which has helped expose the magnitude of sexual harassment, abuse and assault faced by women in nearly every facet of society and the workplace.

Law enforcement officials say Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday morning to face criminal charges in a months-long investigation into allegations that he sexually assaulted women.

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"This is the only movie Harvey Weinstein will be remembered for #perpwalk", Argento wrote.

And when women or journalists threatened to publicize these claims, Weinstein allegedly sought to pay for their silence or intimidate them with threats and even a reported "army of spies" to press for their silence.

According to several u.s. media, the accusation of sexual assault would come from Lucia Evans, a woman who has testified publicly in the past that Weinstein had forced them in 2004 to give him a blowjob. Weinstein was asked to relinquish his passport and has to wear a GPS monitoring system and can only travel between NY and CT.

So long Harvey, we hope the women you abused for years are finally given the justice they deserve.

The 66-year-old former studio boss walked into the downtown Manhattan police station shortly before 7:30 am (1130 GMT) wearing a pale button-down shirt, a blue sweater and a dark blazer before a mob of television cameras. His lawyers agreed he will post $1 million bail, and wear an electronic monitoring device.

The one-time Democratic Party donor, who hobnobbed with Hillary Clinton and once had a personal fortune estimated at $150 million, was hit Friday for the first time by criminal charges, following an avalanche of civil lawsuits.

Weinstein was charged with rape and a criminal sex act as well as lower-level sex abuse and sexual misconduct charges. It was the first criminal case against Weinstein since the revelations about him erupted last October and sparked the cultural "reckoning" that became the MeToo movement. Al Franken, chef Mario Batali, casino magnate Steve Wynn and, most recently, Democratic New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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