Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself Into Police After Being Accused of Sexual Assault

Harvey Weinstein arrives at the first precinct while turning himself to authorities following allegations of sexual misconduct Friday
Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to police

25 May, 2018

Just before 8:30 a.m., he was charged with rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women.

Seven months after the accusations destroyed his career and catalyzed the #MeToo movement, the once-powerhouse movie producer turned himself in to face the charges. Several actresses and models accused him of criminal sexual assaults, but numerous encounters happened too long ago for any prosecution. "This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually", the prosecutor, Assistant District Atty. Argento and McGowan accused Harvey Weinstein of rape past year and have been at the forefront of the crusade for justice against him.

The disgraced film producer, who turned himself in to face charges of rape, has kept almost entirely out of the public eye since the New York Times and the New Yorker reported allegations that he had abused women for decades. His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said Friday that he would fight to get the charges dismissed, saying they're factually unsupported and constitutionally flawed.

Authorities in several cities have also launched criminal investigations into Weinstein, including in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and London. 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.

Brafman, he said, believes his client will be exonerated. As part of the agreement, Weinstein turned in his passport, and acknowledged he needs consent to travel outside of CT and NY (where he owns separate properties).

A judge is expected to release him on bail, according to media reports. He eventually convened a grand jury.

Argento has been "glued to the screen", while watching her alleged rapist turn himself in.

In a statement to Mic, organizers of the Women's March called Friday "an important day in terms of visibility for all women whose lives have been devastated because of the actions of Harvey Weinstein", adding, "We seek justice for women and all people who have been harassed and abused in the workplace". Asked "What can you say?" he mildly shook his head and softly said "No".

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Weinstein appeared to be smiling as he entered and left the police precinct. We stand with the fearless women who came forward against Harvey Weinstein. A court complaint says Weinstein confined her in a Manhattan hotel room and raped her in 2013.

The criminal sex act charge stems from a 2004 encounter between Weinstein and Lucia Evans, a then-aspiring actress who told The New Yorker magazine he forced her to perform oral sex during a daytime meeting in his office. Considered to have lead one of the most progressive campaigns ever, Clinton said in a statement that she was "shocked and appalled by the revelations" about the Hollywood producer.

"This is an emotional moment". Several actresses and models accused him of criminal sexual assaults, but numerous encounters happened too long ago for any prosecution. "In December 2017, a team of New York Times reporters wrote an extensive piece, detailing Weinstein's "complicity machine" - the Hollywood producer's web of" silencers, spies, and enablers", as the NYT put it. "The arrest and ensuing charges are the results of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office", the NYPD said.

"We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you", she tweeted Friday morning. Evans confirmed to The New Yorker that she was pressing charges.

Weinstein was arraigned Friday on charges stemming from encounters with two women.

Harvey Weinstein's day of reckoning has come. Their later company, Weinstein Co., distributed Oscar winners "The Artist" and "The King's Speech".

Brafman said in a May court filing that federal prosecutors in NY had opened a separate criminal investigation into the allegations. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance had been under enormous public pressure to bring a criminal case against Weinstein.

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". On Thursday US film star Morgan Freeman apologised following allegations of sexual misconduct. The officials spoke Thursday to the AP on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the investigation.

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