Published: Fri, May 25, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Weinstein turns himself in to NY police station

Weinstein turns himself in to NY police station

Seven months after the allegations destroyed his career and catalyzed the #MeToo movement, the once-powerhouse movie producer turned himself in to face the charges, which stem from encounters with two of the dozens who have accused him of sexual misdeeds ranging from harassment to assault.

"This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually" - prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said.

Weinstein flinched as he heard the description.

Mr Weinstein has denied committing any non-consensual sex acts.

Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer and his lawyer Benjamin Brafman both declined to comment to Reuters on Thursday on the charges. "These charges, we believe that they are constitutionally flawed", he said. "We, the women, finally have real hope for justice", Argento wrote in another tweet.

Harvey Weinstein posted a one million dollar cash bail (£751,060) and agreed to wear an electronic tracking device at the Criminal Court in NY today.

Media caption " It's a concrete slap in the face of abuse of power", says actor Rose McGowan on Harvey Weinstein being charged. Asked "What can you say?" he mildly shook his head and softly said "No".

The former powerbroker - once the toast of Hollywood, whose films won scores of Oscars - is likely to be charged with raping one woman and forcing another into performing oral sex, USA media have reported.

The alleged victim in the rape case has not been publicly identified, the source said.

Just before 9am Weinstein left the station in handcuffs and escorted by officers to head to a Manhattan court for arraignment.

Evans was among the first women to speak out about the producer.

"This is an emotional moment".

"Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell".

Now a marketing consultant, Evans told The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow that Weinstein approached her in a New York club in 2004 and that an assistant subsequently set up a daytime meeting at the Miramax office in Tribeca.

"I'll get to sit there and I'll get to look at him", she continued. "I tried to get away, but maybe I didn't try hard enough".

She said she felt "relief" that he had been arrested, adding, "He should be in jail".

The rape charges allege that on March 18, 2013, at 569 Lexington Ave., now a hotel, Weinstein kept a woman "against her will" in a room and "engaged in sexual forcible compulsion" and "at the time of the incident informant had clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act". More than 80 allegations have been leveled at Weinstein since last fall.

The charges followed a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office and the New York Police Department.

Authorities in several cities have also launched criminal investigations into Weinstein, including in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and London. Britain has no statute of limits on rape cases; some of the allegations under investigation there go back to the 1980s.

Harvey Weinstein arrives at the first precinct while turning himself to authorities following allegations of sexual misconduct on Friday in NY. The NYPD and DA's office were also investigating "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de La Huerta's accusations that Weinstein raped her twice in 2010.

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.

The New York charges filed against Weinstein mark the second high-profile prosecution of a once-powerful show business personality in the #MeToo era.

On October 31, a woman told United Kingdom police she had been assaulted by Weinstein in Ireland. "The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office".

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

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