Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, sex crime-related offenses against 2 women

Harvey Weinstein Has Been Arrested and Charged

At Weinstein's arraignment, Judge Kevin McGrath set bond at $10 million, meaning the disgraced producer has to pay $1 million today.

More than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault in alleged incidents that span several decades.

"This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually", Manhattan Assistant Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said in court.

He's accused of confining a woman in a Manhattan hotel room and raping her in 2013, according to a court complaint.

Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer and his lawyer Benjamin Brafman both declined to comment to Reuters on Thursday on the charges. They were not reported to the police at the time these events occurred and I anticipate that the women who have made these allegations, when subjected to cross-examination - in the event we even get that far - that the charges will not be believed by 12 people, assuming we get 12 fair people, who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case.

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

Harvey Weinstein, once a beloved and respected executive, now a disgraced figure in Hollywood, will turn himself into police. Brafman said the charges will not be believed by the jury, and that the case has been "overtaken" by the #MeToo movement - the worldwide movement against sexual harassment and assault.

"You sorry, Harvey?" came a shout from a throng of media as the once powerful movie mogul was led into a lower Manhattan courthouse. Asked "what can you say?" he mildly shook his head and softly said "no".

Harvey Weinstein has arrived at a New York City courthouse in handcuffs to face rape, criminal sex act and other charges.

The First Police Precinct station house, where Mr. Weinstein was arrested, was not unfamiliar to him.

The rape charge relates to a woman who was not identified and does not appear to be among the people who have told their stories publicly.

What would McGowan say to Weinstein if she were ever to come face-to-face with him again?

Speaking to the New Yorker on Thursday, Evans confirmed she was pressing charges, "They said that if I do nothing, Harvey would walk".

"This is an emotional moment".

Today is the first step, we knew that Mr. Weinstein was under investigation for more than seven months.

The news that Weinstein was planning to surrender to NY authorities broke earlier this week.

Police set up a sting in which the woman recorded herself confronting Weinstein. "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.

Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to NY police on Friday.

Prosecutors charged him with two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sexual act following a months-long investigation with the New York Police Department.

Deponent states that he is informed by a person known to the District Attorney's Office that on one occasion between June and September of 2004, in the daytime hours, inside of 375 Greenwich Street in the County and State of NY, defendant forced informant to engage in oral sexual conduct, to wit, defendant grabbed the back of informant's head forcing her head downward and forcing her mouth onto his penis.

Weinstein was arraigned Friday on charges stemming from encounters with two women. Companies he co-founded, Miramax and the Weinstein Co., were behind such hits as "Pulp Fiction", "Shakespeare in Love" and "The King's Speech".

Mr Weinstein was sacked a year ago from his production firm, the Weinstein Company, which later filed for bankruptcy. He narrowly escaped prosecution in 2015 when an Italian model went to New York City police and accused him of groping her during a meeting.

Weinstein is charged with first- and third-degree rape and criminal sexual act in the first degree for forcible sexual acts, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement.

The public allegations against Weinstein helped prompt a broad public outcry about sexual misconduct. They include TV hosts Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, comedian Louis C.K, Democratic U.S. Sen. He sought treatment for sex addiction at a facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, the New York Times reported.

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