Film producer Harvey Weinstein will surrender over charges of sexual assault

25 May, 2018, 20:21 | Author: Veronica Peterson
  • Harvey Weinstein charged with rape and other abuse charges in sexual assault cases

The arrest ended months of speculation over whether the famed producer would face criminal charges following decades of alleged sexual misconduct.

Brafman's past clients include former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who ultimately escaped criminal prosecution for alleged sexual assault in 2011. Weinstein raised his eyebrows as he heard it. Weinstein has denied having nonconsensual sex with anyone.

Weinstein's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said to reporters on Friday that he plans to plead not guilty - and his legal team will fight to dismiss the charges.

McGowan, who was among the first to come out and accuse Weinstein of misconduct, appeared on Megyn Kelly Today, where she described seeing the predator in handcuffs for first time. 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. His bail is expected to be set at $2 million. A grand jury has been hearing evidence in the case for weeks. Asked "what can you say?" he mildly shook his head and softly said "no". Weinstein was charged with rape and a criminal sex act as well as lower-level sex abuse and sexual misconduct charges. In another case, involving a woman who has not been named, Weinstein faces charges that include first-degree rape. A few including Asia Argento and Rose McGowan have said they were raped. She was among the first women to speak out about the 66-year-old film producer.

"This is an emotional moment".

'We are one step closer to justice, ' McGowan was quoted as saying by Variety. "I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, '" she added.

In a statement published by the Hollywood Reporter, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said that Friday's charges, "reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", adding, "I thank the fearless survivors who have come forward, and my office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation".

The mogul's career went down in flames last October over sexual assault allegations following bombshell articles in The New York Times and New Yorker, which sparked a sexual harassment watershed across the United States and won both outlets a Pulitzer. A court complaint says Weinstein raped her in a Manhattan hotel in 2013.

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Until the scandal, Weinstein was among the most influential forces in American film. Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein started his now-bankrupt company after leaving Miramax, the company they founded in 1979 and which became a powerhouse in '90s indie film with hits like "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love".

Metro.co.uk has contacted Weinstein's reps for a comment.

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

London's Metropolitan Police have said they are also investigating an allegation of sexual assault against Weinstein, while prosecutors in Los Angeles said in February they were reviewing three accusations of sexual assault against him.

In recent months, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has come under enormous public pressure to make a criminal case.

Former "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra, who has said she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein in the 1990s, tweeted "Can't Wait!" followed by "Anyone know where I can get front row seats?"

The film mogul's sexual misconduct has always been rumored in the industry.

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