Movie producer Weinstein appears in court to answer rape, sex abuse charges

Movie producer Weinstein appears in court to answer rape, sex abuse charges

Film producer Harvey Weinstein surrendered to New York City police, Friday, on charges of rape and sex abuse and was taken to court in handcuffs.

Weinstein, 66, stepped from a black SUV wearing a blazer and carrying books under his arm, and lumbered into a Manhattan police station before a crowd of news cameras.

His bond is expected to be set at $2 million, according to a law enforcement source.

Other women who have publicly accused Weinstein of criminal sexual assaults include actress Rose McGowan, who said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah; Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, who said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992; and Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe, who said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008. "I thank the courageous survivors who have come forward, and my Office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation", said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance a statement. The felony charges concern "forcible sexual acts against two women in 2013 and 2004, respectively", the Manhattan District Attorney's Office announced Friday.

Just before 9 a.m. ET Weinstein was photographed leaving the NYPD precinct in handcuffs.

McGowan, one of the numerous women who alleged sexual harassment and assault at the hands of Weinstein, was joined on social media by fellow accuser Asia Argento as footage of Weinstein's arrest was broadcast by news outlets. But Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. decided not to bring charges, citing a lack of evidence.

He remains under investigation for alleged sex crimes in Los Angeles and London.

Rose McGowan, who was one of the first women to come forward publicly about Weinstein toldthe Associated Press: "I hope this gives hope to victims and survivors everywhere, that we are one step closer to justice". He consented to electric monitoring and is banned from traveling outside of NY or CT.

"I have to admit I didn't think I would see the day that he would have handcuffs on him", McGowan told GMA's Amy Robach in a pre-recorded segment. Los Angeles Police Captain Billy Hayes confirmed on October 19, 2017 that the department was investigating Weinstein after an unnamed woman told police that the Hollywood mogul sexually assaulted her in a hotel in 2013, according to the Times. But this time Brafman, one of the New York's most prominent defence lawyers, will make his arguments against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, which was largely sparked by reports of his client's sexual misconduct.

"No surprise here", Sivan says, in reaction to Weinstein's plea. Prosecutors have also reportedly spoken with actress Paz de la Huerta, who claimed in an interview with Vanity Fair that Weinstein raped her twice in 2010.

Nor is it clear that employers have improved sexual harassment policies in their offices, or that police departments have made changes in how they handle sexual assault and harassment cases.

A former king of New York, Harvey Weinstein found himself subjected to this city's standard but humiliating criminal and legal processes.

"Weinstein's arrest, for the women who have accused him and others like them around the world, I'm sure feels like a moment of catharsis and it should serve as a cautionary tale for others like (Morgan) Freeman and every day people who toe the line between unacceptable and criminal behaviour". On Friday, Weinstein attorney Benjamin Brafman said in a statement, "Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone".

Major figures in media and politics have lost their jobs or had their reputations tarnished by allegations that they subjected women to unwanted advances or outright assaults.

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