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Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police, faces rape charges

25 May, 2018, 22:26 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Harvey Weinstein attend the premiere of 'August Osage County,' at the Regal Cinemas at LA Live in Los Angeles California. Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's former company has announced

The allegations catalyzed the decades-old #MeToo movement that calls attention to sexual misconduct.

Louise Godbold, a British woman living in Los Angeles, said the phenomenon of global support that has sprung up with allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein and others "was the honeymoon".

Prosecutors said the former movie mogul "used his position, money and power" to allegedly lure young women and abuse them sexually, CBS2's Andrea Grymes reported.

Weinstein flinched as he heard the description. His lawyer Ben Brafman told reporters outside the court the disgraced mogul would enter a not guilty plea. "We believe that they are constitutionally flawed. We were just people".

Benjamin Brafman said that Weinstein should not be tried for the prevailing Hollywood culture, and insisted that he had not acted criminally. He left through a courthouse back door less than three hours after his arrest.

Bail for Weinstein was set at $1 million cash with a $10 million bond alternative, according to the DA's Office. A grand jury has reportedly been hearing evidence in the case for several weeks.

"We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you", McGowan tweeted during Weinstein's arraignment. Asked "What can you say?" he mildly shook his head and softly said "No". "Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances", reads the statement.

Weinstein walked in to the station carrying two books: Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum, and an autobiography of Elia Kazan. He was arraigned later that morning, and was charged with rape in the first degree for two alleged incidences involving two different women in 2013 and 2014.

A source familiar with the investigation told CNN the criminal sex act charge was from a case involving aspiring actress Lucia Evans, who alleges Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Tribeca office in 2004.

Evans was among the first women to speak out about the producer.

"This is an emotional moment".

Asia Argento and Rose McGowan took to social media on the morning of May 25 to react to Harvey Weinstein's arrest in New York City.

Brafman also said Weinstein couldn't be convicted for boorish conduct: "Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood, and to the extent that there is bad behavior in that industry, that is not what this is about".

The charges followed a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office.

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

Other actresses who have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct include Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek.

Otherwise, he has been hit by a litany of civil lawsuits and The Weinstein Company - which sacked him - has since filed for bankruptcy.

Allegations against Weinstein were presented to D.A. Vance's office previously in 2015, when model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez told police that the producer had allegedly groped her. 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.

Vance - a Democrat who faced public pressure from women's groups to prosecute Weinstein this time - said Friday's charges "reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation". On Thursday US film star Morgan Freeman apologised following allegations of sexual misconduct.

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