Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police, faces rape charges

Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police, faces rape charges

Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police, faces rape charges

He has been charged with rape, criminal sex conduct act, sex abuse, and sexual misconduct against two women, the New York Police Department said.

'We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity.

Dozens of women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, ranging from inappropriate comments to rape. "Mr Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual". "We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges", Ben Brafman said. "We believe that they are constitutionally flawed".

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

Mr. Weinstein reigned as one of Hollywood's top producers, known as much for his bullying and aggression as for his cinematic success.

The film mogul posted $1 million cash bail and was released pending his next court appearance.

As he surrendered, the 66-year-old Weinstein found himself surrounded by lights and cameras in a spectacle he couldn't control.

Asked "What can you say?" he mildly shook his head and softly said "No".

He didn't respond to shouts of "Harvey!" as he lumbered into the police station, wearing a blazer and carrying books including "Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution", about the Broadway musical duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and "Elia Kazan", about the famed film director. The most serious rape charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to authorities Friday morning and was arrested and processed on charges of rape, committing a criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct, according to the New York Police Department.

Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein's most outspoken accusers, told The Hollywood Reporter Friday's arrest brings victims "one step closer to justice".

Weinstein has been accused of rape, assault and other forms of sexual misconduct.

Weinstein was arrested ahead of Memorial Day weekend in the USA, meaning he'll have the benefit of receiving considerably less media coverage than he would otherwise, to which McGowan said, "It's on a Friday of a holiday weekend, so, slow media, right?"

British police investigating Weinstein confirm they have received further allegations of sexual assault, bringing the total number of women who have reported the disgraced movie mogul to to police in the United Kingdom to nine.

Lucia Evans, a onetime aspiring actress who has said Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 2004 at his Manhattan office, told the New Yorker on Thursday that she was pressing charges against Weinstein, saying: "At a certain point, you have to think about the greater good of humanity, of womankind".

Weinstein's lawyer is one of America's most celebrated criminal defense attorneys.

Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein started his now-bankrupt company after leaving Miramax, the company they founded in 1979 and which became a powerhouse in 1990s indie film with hits like Pulp Fiction and Shakespeare in Love.

Ronan Farrow, who wrote the New Yorker's report on Weinstein, told CNN Friday that numerous producer's accusers believed they'd never see justice.

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.

"Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement.

The mogul's career went down in flames last October over sexual assault allegations following bombshell articles in The New York Times and New Yorker, which sparked a sexual harassment watershed across the United States and won both outlets a Pulitzer.

Major figures in media and politics have lost their jobs or had their reputations tarnished by allegations that they subjected women to unwanted advances or outright assaults.

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