Harvey Weinstein Arrested, Charged with Rape and Sexual Assault

26 May, 2018, 13:16 | Author: Norman Carr
  • Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself in to Police to Face Sex Crime Charge in NYC

"To see him in cuffs on the way out, whether he smiled or not... that's a very good feeling". Assistant D.A. and Special Counsel Joan Illuzzi stated in substance at the arraignment that Weinstein would be fitted with a monitoring device, which enables him to be tracked 24/7; if he wishes to travel beyond NY or CT, he must seek prior approval from the People and the Court; and he surrendered his passport, and may not apply for a new or replacement passport.

He has entered a plea of not guilty. Both happened in NY. Several actresses and models accused him of criminal sexual assaults, but numerous encounters happened too long ago for any prosecution.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. had been under pressure over his 2015 decision not to pursue a complaint by model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, who said Weinstein had groped her without her consent. Weinstein has denied any claims of nonconsensual sex. They did not identify the women.

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

Then came the "perp walk" - Weinstein was marched past the assembled press with hands in cuffs behind his back, shuttled without ceremony straight to the nearby Manhattan Criminal Court. Former actress Lucia Evans had already publicly accused Mr Weinstein of forcing her into oral sex in 2004. "I would say it's just so big".

Rose McGowan, Asia Argento and other accusers have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the news that Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape after turning himself in to the police. "I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein's survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law. Because one win is a win for all of us", McGowan said.

Journalist Ronan Farrow's articles in The New Yorker helped expose disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct.

Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein's most outspoken accusers, told The Hollywood Reporter Friday's arrest brings victims "one step closer to justice". The New York Police Department, which made the arrest, told Yahoo Entertainment: "The NYPD does not release the mugshot of anyone arrested in New York City".

"Mr Weinstein did not invent the casting couch".

Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself in to Police to Face Sex Crime Charge in NYC

Allegations from dozens of women against the once-powerhouse producer catalysed what became known as the #MeToo movement, a worldwide reckoning about sexual misconduct.

Friday's are the first criminal charges against Weinstein in the scandal that began last fall. "To see him standing in court with his mouth slightly ajar was unsettling", she says.

The charges followed a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office and the New York Police Department.

Weinstein faces rape and criminal sex act charges.

The "Charmed" star also revealed her disdain for Weinstein's estranged wife, Georgina Chapman, who insisted she was completely unaware of Weinstein's behavior.

NY police say charges relate to allegations made by two women in an sex abuse probe involving the movie producer.

One of the cases was in NY, where Italian model Ambra Battilana accused Mr Weinstein of groping her in 2015.

Almost 100 women have now accused Weinstein of crimes ranging from sexual harassment to assault and rape going back decades.


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