Harvey Weinstein hands himself in to police in NY

Lawrence Kim
May 26, 2018

Lucia Evans, who said Weinstein forced her into oral sex in 2004, is thought to be one of the women whose cases triggered charges.

The disgraced movie mogul arrived in Lower Manhattan just before 7:30 a.m. 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. His bail was set at $10 million, and he paid a $1 million cashiers check to post bail, while also surrendering his passport and agreeing to the judge that he would not travel outside of NY state and CT without permission from the judge, and also agreed to wear a Global Positioning System tracking device.

Weinstein was charged with three felonies - rape in the first degree, rape in the third degree and a criminal sexual act in the first degree - "for forcible sexual acts against two women in 2013 and 2004, respectively", Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.'s office said Friday morning.

"The NYPD thanks these courageous survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice", the police department said. "I thank the fearless survivors who have come forward, and my Office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation", said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.in a statement. "I thank the fearless survivors who have come forward, and my office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation".

Friday's are the first criminal charges against Weinstein in the scandal that began last fall.

"Just the idea of him getting out of a police vehicle with handcuffs is very satisfying because it makes it concrete", added the 55-year-old, who runs a trauma-training NGO in Los Angeles.

Weinstein, 66, has been accused by dozens of women of sexual misconduct and has been investigated by the New York Police Department, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, the New York Attorney General's Office, the Los Angeles Police Department and United Kingdom authorities. Even as #MeToo advocates saw progress in the fact that Weinstein was now facing criminal charges, they said they wondered what it would take to bring others to justice.

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

"Mr. Weinstein's criminal attorneys Blair Berk and Benjamin Brafman have said that a fair investigation of the allegations of criminal wrongdoing will prove they are without merit", a spokesperson for Weinstein told the Los Angeles Times of the Los Angeles investigation.

NY police previously confirmed another credible rape allegation after "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta accused the former producer of raping her twice at her NY apartment in late 2010.

The Reuters news agency said the rape charge relates to a woman who was not identified.

When he was led into the courtroom, police still had his hands cuffed behind his back. It's not hard to imagine that Weinstein, a self-described Hollywood outsider, relates to one of the entertainment industry's one most accomplished and notorious figures.

Weinstein was arrested ahead of Memorial Day weekend in the us, 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?"

No charges have been filed against Weinstein in London as of Friday. In a tweet: "We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you".

While he denies any non-consensual activity, he disappeared from public life, surfacing occasionally from reported sex addiction treatment, his name toxic and his reputation destroyed.

Equally important, McGowan said, is that the MeToo movement will help women who aren't famous, well-off movie stars, like many of Weinstein's accusers, but less powerful women without a voice. - Ronan Farrow, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Weinstein coverage in The New Yorker, on CNN.

"My job is not to defend behaviour", he said.

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