Harvey Weinstein arrested on rape, criminal sex act charges

Harvey Weinstein arrested on rape, criminal sex act charges

Harvey Weinstein arrested on rape, criminal sex act charges

Watch Weinstein's arrival " Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation.

Evans' allegations added to those of dozens of other women, who claimed that Weinstein had engaged in a vast range of sexual misconduct dating back almost four decades, ranging from inappropriate touching to incidents of rape.

The film mogul, who lost his perch atop the industry after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct first published last fall by The New York Times and The New Yorker, has denied ever engaging in nonconsensual sex.

"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 in court.

Judge Kevin McGrath ordered Weinstein released on $1 million cash bail. Assistant D.A. and Special Counsel Joan Illuzzi stated in substance at the arraignment that Weinstein would be fitted with a monitoring device, which enables him to be tracked 24/7; if he wishes to travel beyond NY or CT, he must seek prior approval from the People and the Court; and he surrendered his passport, and may not apply for a new or replacement passport.

He arrived at the police station in lower Manhattan at 07:30 (12:30 BST) on Friday, carrying three books.

Before his arraignment, Weinstein was walked out of the 1st precinct in handcuffs and escorted by officers as he headed to court.

The charges followed a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office.

A smiling Weinstein, wearing a blue sweater and a black blazer, ignored reporters' questions when he first showed up to turn himself in. "We, the women, finally have real hope for justice".

Actress Rose McGowan, among the first in Hollywood to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault, said in a statement on Thursday that his alleged victims were now "one step closer to justice".

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He could be heard to reply: "Oh please, I'm sorry".

And many of Weinstein's accusers had signed non-disclosure agreements with him and/or the Weinstein Company after complaints were raised, making a delayed criminal prosecution of him more hard for authorities.

In 2017, he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after racking up Oscars for a string of films that helped define independent cinema in the 1990s, including "The Crying Game", "Shakespeare in Love" and "Pulp Fiction".

The allegations against the disgraced mogul triggered the #MeToo movement, which sought to demonstrate and draw attention to the widespread prevalence of sexual abuse and harassment.

John Riley covers courts in New York City for Newsday.

His wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, left him soon after the allegations surfaced, with police criminal investigations ongoing in London, Los Angeles and NY.

In his NY offices, Weinstein "put my hand on his crotch", then chased her to the elevator and kissed her in front of his staff, she claimed.

Weinstein is expected to be charged with raping one woman and forcing another to perform oral sex on him, the Times reported, citing unidentified law enforcement officials. It's unclear why the order was not prohibiting contact with both accusers.

He will "vigorously defend himself", his lawyer said, arguing that his interactions with women were always consensual and that Weinstein "did not invent the casting couch".

Other actresses who have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct include Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek.

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