Harvey Weinstein arraigned on rape charges

Frederick Owens
May 25, 2018

He had turned himself in at a police precinct earlier Friday.

But the movement, #Metoo, that has grown out of women's pain is a "long overdue. turning point" - and goes beyond sexual misconduct, Godbold said.

Now, actress Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of raping her 20 years ago, is gratified but "still in shock" at his surrender Friday in a Manhattan courtroom on rape charges. He is now out on bail, wearing a monitoring device.

Weinstein handed off the books at the police station, where he was booked quickly. NYPD spokesman Eugene White said he'll be in the 1st Precinct, where he will be processed, for about an hour, before being taken to Manhattan Supreme Court to face a judge.

"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 later, in words that brought raised eyebrows from the otherwise stony-faced Weinstein.

Weinstein was arraigned on the charges Friday. "He has entered a plea of Not Guilty and fully expects to be exonerated", Brafman said.

His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said Friday that he would fight to get the charges dismissed. "They have gotten lots and lots of documents and they were not going to go forward with any of these cases, no matter how the rest of us may have felt, until they felt they were ready and they are ready now". "We believe that they are not factually supported by the evidence". "The NYPD thanks these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice", a spokesperson said. According to the Associated Press, more than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing, including actress and activist Rose McGowan, who said Weinstein raped her in 1997, and Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, who said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992.

First-degree rape and criminal sex act are class B felonies, while third-degree rape is a class E felony.

He did not respond when a woman shouted: "Why are you smiling, Harvey?"

The official says the film producer will be charged with committing a criminal sex act in a 2004 encounter with an aspiring actress who told a magazine he forced her to perform oral sex. "None of this was consensual", she said. He overpowered me. I just sort of gave up.

It was unclear whether NY prosecutors would seek to have other Weinstein accusers testify against him.

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It was a carefully choreographed performance. He must wear an ankle bracelet and can only travel within the NY or CT.

Exposés in both the Times and the New Yorker revealed allegations from women who said they had been propositioned, harassed, assaulted or raped by Weinstein, who allegedly used his powerful role in Hollywood to prey on women within the industry. On Thursday, eight women accused Morgan Freeman of unwanted touching and harassment, which has caused Visa to suspend its marketing campaigns with the actor.

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

Actress Ashley Judd is suing the Hollywood producer, claiming he damaged her career after she rejected his sexual advances.

Brafman said in a May court filing that federal prosecutors in NY had opened a separate criminal investigation into the allegations.

With detectives watching and recording, Mr. Weinstein and Ms. Battilana met at the TriBeCa Grand, where Mr. Weinstein acknowledged he had touched her breasts and promised not to do so again.

Weinstein's attorney, Ben Brafman, released a statement to ET following the arraignment, which reads: "Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone". Former employees from Weinstein's film enterprises worked for the producer, placing intimidating calls to some of those who could jeopardize the Hollywood mogul.

The movement was prompted by an invitation from actress Alyssa Milano on Twitter, asking those who had been sexually harassed or assaulted to reply "Me Too". At the time, Evans was a college student with hopes of becoming an actress.

A number of high-profile figures in entertainment have been accused since the Weinstein story.

The public allegations against Weinstein helped prompt a broad public furor about sexual misconduct.

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