Home » World

Harvey Weinstein Arraigned On Felony Sex Crime Charges, Pleads Not Guilty

28 May, 2018, 12:29 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to Rape in New York

Once the most powerful man in Hollywood, disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein surrendered himself to NY police Friday morning, a watershed moment for the Me Too movement catalyzed last fall by the countless women who came forward with sexual harassment and assault allegations against him. He was then arraigned on the charges of first- and third-degree rape and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree.

Actress Rose McGowan, who accused Harvey Weinstein of rape, applauded the arrest of the Hollywood media mogul in NY on Friday. Allegations from dozens of women against the once-powerhouse producer catalyzed what became known as the #MeToo movement, a national reckoning about sexual misconduct.

Court documents charge that one woman, believed to be Lucia Evans, an aspiring actress who was forced to perform oral sex on Weinstein during a meeting at the company's Greenwich Street offices in 2004.

Mr Weinstein appeared pale and stood next to Mr Brafman while prosecutors described a bail agreement.

A large crowd gathered to wait for Weinstein's arrival at the NYPD to turn himself in, and waited outside until after his court appearance.

Brafman told reporters outside the courthouse that he would move to dismiss the charges against his client.

In a statement published by the Hollywood Reporter, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said that Friday's charges, "reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", adding, "I thank the fearless survivors who have come forward, and my office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation".

The indictment handed down Friday accuses Weinstein of sexual assaults on two women -one in 2004 and another in 2013.

Actress Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of raping her at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, said she was "shocked".

Police in California and London are also investigating Weinstein for possible wrongdoing.

Weinstein faces rape and criminal sex act charges. Among those who have spoken out against the former mogul is actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who accused Weinstein of acting inappropriately towards her back in 1995 when she was only 22-years-old.

"At a certain point, you have to think about the greater good of humanity, of womankind", she said.

After Harvey Weinstein surrendered to authorities in NY on Friday, Rose McGowan spoke out about the disgraced producer on NBC News' Megyn Kelly Today. The number increased further in another investigation by Ronan Farrow for the New Yorker. "The NYPD thanks these courageous survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice". "Twenty years ago, I swore that I would right this wrong".

In a statement, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance called the women who pressed charges "brave" and referred to the investigation into Weinstein's behavior "ongoing". The rape charge stems from an allegation by a woman who has not been publicly identified.

"Your honor, the defendant is before the court charged with two violent B felonies for two separate violent sexual assaults against two women", said top Manhattan prosecutor Joan Illuzzi.


  • Judge: President can't block critics

    Judge: President can't block critics

    Trump had argued that the court did not have the power to issue a direct order against the president . A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Trump and his aides can not block critics on Twitter .
    Frisco named fastest-growing city in country

    Frisco named fastest-growing city in country

    Rounding out the state's top three for 2017 are Murfreesboro, with an increase of 3.8 percent, and Clarksville, with 2.5 percent. Chicago's population stood at an estimated 2,716,450 as of July 1 past year , compared with 2,720,275 the same day in 2016.
    Lawyer rages at lunch workers for speaking Spanish, says he'll 'call ICE'

    Lawyer rages at lunch workers for speaking Spanish, says he'll 'call ICE'

    But when reporters tracked down Aaron Schlossberg on Thursday, he was suddenly not in the mood to talk anymore. Videos have also surfaced of him making other racially charged and insensitive remarks in the past.
  • CSK Thrash SRH To Lift Vivo IPL 2018

    CSK Thrash SRH To Lift Vivo IPL 2018

    His breathtaking innings just turned the match in Chennai's favour as Hyderabad had no answer to his onslaught. But when he finally got going, SRH bowlers had no response or clue how to get him to stop again.
    Cyclone death toll in Oman, Yemen rises to 11

    Cyclone death toll in Oman, Yemen rises to 11

    Mekunu was downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved inland towards the Yemeni border and the Empty Quarter in Saudi Arabia. Oman´s civil aviation meanwhile chose to reopen Salalah Airport on Sunday, which had been closed for the past three days.
    Warriors win Game 6 and Twitter was in awe

    Warriors win Game 6 and Twitter was in awe

    Tucker, while the Warriors more often depict the regal champs, basketball royalty epitomized by Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant . Of course, Golden State rediscovered its form, flying past the Rockets for a 115-86 blowout victory to even the series at 3-3.
  • Danica Patrick ends racing career with crash at Indy 500

    Danica Patrick ends racing career with crash at Indy 500

    In the early stages of Sunday's 102nd Indianapolis 500, keep an eye on the back of the field instead of the front. It was a fight to win it. "It makes the vehicle very, very light and the series has decided that's what to race".
    Area events will remember those who fell in service to the US

    Area events will remember those who fell in service to the US

    The Hastings Memorial Day parade will be hosted by American Legion Post 45 and will begin at 9 a.m.in downtown Hastings on May 28. On Monday , Memorial Day the Veteran will meet at 8:00-8:15 a.m.at the Maynard Community Hall to prepare for the days services.
    Battlefield V Will Have No Premium Pass

    Battlefield V Will Have No Premium Pass

    Not only do these customizations change the way your character and weapons look in-game, but they'll also impact gameplay. There will nearly certainly be a very flashy first trailer released for Battlefield 5 , along with details on key modes.
  • Senate GOP sounds alarm over Trump's floated auto tariffs

    Senate GOP sounds alarm over Trump's floated auto tariffs

    Section 232 is the same statute that was invoked to allow the administration's tariffs on steel and aluminium imports . Formal re-negotiations between Canada, Mexico and the United States have been ongoing since last summer.
    Pressure’s on James, Cavaliers in Game 6 vs. Celtics

    Pressure’s on James, Cavaliers in Game 6 vs. Celtics

    The Cavs will come in with a similar approach having won both of the previous games in this series that were played in Cleveland. At the end of the day, I mean, s-- I'm exhausted . "It just happens because I've been able to play with some great players".
    Ariana Grande pays tribute to Manchester on anniversary of concert bombing

    Ariana Grande pays tribute to Manchester on anniversary of concert bombing

    Tweeting alongside the clip, she wrote: "so wish i were there with u all today. u have no idea. love you so v much". The ceremony included a national silence at 2.30pm to allow the country to remember those who died.


Giuseppe Conte refuses to be Italy’s PM - presidential administration
The Italian parliamentary election was held on March 4 and resulted in the M5S securing more than 32 percent of the vote. The 5-Star's Di Maio demanded impeachment under article 90 of the constitution.

General Data Protection Regulation enters into application
Non-compliance of GDPR rules can cost companies a fortune - 20 million Euros or four per cent of annual turnover. The regulator will continue under the same leadership until the parliament nominates new members.

Hawaii's Erupting Kilauea Volcano Is Now Spouting Blue Flames of Burning Methane
Hinkle, 46, who works in landscaping and horticulture, said she's financially stressed but can't leave now. Hinkle said she's grateful her home has been spared from the lava , but the toxic gas is unbearable.

Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in the Atlantic
Forecasters say heavy rains are likely across western Cuba, much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into early next week. Tropical Storm Watches have been posted for Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties in South Mississippi.

Giuliani: Briefing may prompt calls to end Russia probe
The first briefing was held with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan; the GOP chairs of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. And the White House said Kelly would organize the meeting with House lawmakers to discuss the documents.

Trump welcomes NK 'warm' response to canceled summit
Echoing the President, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci accused Democrats of "supporting" Kim. The White House even unveiled a commemorative coin with the profiles of Trump and Kim to herald the "peace talks".

Hawaii volcano overwhelms neighborhood with river of molten misery
The building was owned by the state of Hawaii, and was used in geothermal research projects in the early days of the site. The Puna power plant supplies 25 percent of the island's electricity, the daily business website Calcalist reported .

United States gov't worker reports "abnormal" sound, pressure in China
In 2016 USA embassy staff in Cuba said they had suffered dizziness, nausea and hearing problems. The cause of those incidents remains unresolved.

Surgeon General to the Rescue for a Fellow Passenger
Adams tweeted Wednesday afternoon that he was "glad to be able to assist", and said the unidentified patient was doing well. The vice admiral, an anesthesiologist, was traveling to MS for a panel discussion on opioid abuse, ABC News reported.

WHO raises Ebola health risk to 'very high' in DR Congo
The outbreak tests the new experimental Ebola vaccine, which proved highly effective in the West Africa outbreak a few years ago. The health ministry said two new deaths have been tied to the cases, including one in a suburb of Mbandaka.