Rose McGowan's message to Harvey Weinstein: 'We got you'

Lawrence Kim
May 27, 2018

Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to rape charges after turning himself in to authorities in NY on Friday, May 25.

That's what Harvey Weinstein accuser Lauren Sivan realized, reflecting on the fallen movie mogul, hours after he was arrested in New York City on Friday.

"Harvey Weinstein should have been arrested and prosecuted a long time ago for his prolific criminal sexual acts". The case triggered the #MeToo social media movement and a flood of accusations against additional high-profile figures in entertainment and other industries.

Almost 100 women have come forward in the past seven months, accusing the film producer of sexual assault. McGowan wanted to see Weinstein behind bars because "we were sentenced to a prison, we were sentenced to years of it before anybody believed us..."

The sex act charge filed against Weinstein Friday reflects that allegation.

According to an earlier CBS News report, one woman, actress Lucia Evans - who went public with her accusations in an article written by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker in October 2017 - told investigators that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him during a business meeting in 2004.

In a statement, District Attorney Cy Vance said the charges stem from incidents involving two women in 2013 and 2004, respectively.

The former Charmed star (44) said it came as a huge surprise when she found out Weinstein (66) had handed himself in to a NY police station.

Weinstein was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court. He sought treatment for sex addiction at a facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, the New York Times reported. She told police past year that Weinstein raped her twice in 2010.

The prosecutor in the Weinstein case accuses Weinstein of using his "position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them".

Judge Kevin McGrath ordered Mr Weinstein released on $1m cash bail. Weinstein was also ordered to wear a GPS monitoring system, stay in NY state or CT, and hand over his passport before being released.

He has until May 30 to decide whether to speak before a grand jury.

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

Weinstein turned himself in Friday morning. One reporter shouted "You sorry, Harvey?"

Speaking on stage at the Cannes film festival last week, Argento said she predicted the producer would "live in disgrace, shunned by a film community that once embraced him". Weinstein shook his head and softly said, "No".

Most Americans still believe in the principle of "equal justice under law", the motto engraved above the entrance to the Supreme Court in Washington.

Miramax, the company he founded with his brother, Bob, helped reinvent independent film, with hits like "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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