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Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself In To NYPD, Charged With Rape

Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself In To NYPD, Charged With Rape

"Nothing about today's proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein's position", attorney Benjamin Brafman said in a statement after the arraignment. Now, could he still use means to say, settle out charges privately with women to evade further accountability.

The rape charge relates to a woman whose identity remains unknown.

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.

Police in Los Angeles and London have also been investigating reports filed against Weinstein by multiple women.

"Assuming we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case", he said.

Brafman, he said, believes his client will be exonerated.

The #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment and abuse swept through Hollywood last autumn, in the wake of the accusations against Mr Weinstein.

As he surrendered, the 66-year-old Weinstein found himself surrounded by lights and cameras in a spectacle he couldn't control.

"We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you", actor Rose McGowan tweeted on Friday, as Weinstein sat in court.

Asked "what can you say?" 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. She is not one of the victims in the case on Friday; hers was still pending, officials said. Later, in a courthouse booking area, he complained he felt faint and his handcuffs were too tight.

The top charges against him carry the potential for up to 25 years in prison. Film actress Rose McGowan said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah, "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992 and Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008.

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that the criminal sex act charge stems from a 2004 encounter between Weinstein and Lucia Evans, a then-aspiring actress who has said the Hollywood mogul forced her to perform oral sex on him in his office.

His arrest came months after Vance's office reportedly launched an investigation into allegations of sexual assault. McGowan accused Weinstein of rape, one of dozens of Hollywood women to accuse the producer of sexual misconduct.

The Manhattan district attorney's office decided not to charge him in the case.

Weinstein, 66, arrived at a NY police station to turn himself in shortly before 7.30 a.m. ET, flanked by uniformed police officers. That's the most terrible part of it, and that's why he's been able to do this for so long to so many women: "people give up, and then they feel like it's their fault". Companies he co-founded, Miramax and the Weinstein Co., were behind such hits as "Pulp Fiction", "Shakespeare in Love" and "The King's Speech".

But there were rumors in Hollywood for years about Weinstein's pursuits of young actresses.

Deponent further states that he is informed by a second person known to the District Attorney's Office that on March 18, 2013, in the morning hours at 569 Lexington Avenue, in the County and State of NY, defendant kept informant physically against her will in a room and engaged in sexual intercourse with informant by forcible compulsion, to wit, defendant penetrated informant's vagina with his penis and, at the time of the incident informant had clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act.

"Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, said in a statement after the arraignment.

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

Authorities in California and London also are investigating assault allegations.

The statute of limitations for rape and certain other sex crimes in NY was eliminated in 2006, but not for attacks that happened prior to 2001.

But on Friday, it was Weinstein in the spotlight.

You can check out the reactions from McGowan, Argento, and Bourdain below.


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