Published: Sun, May 27, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Harvey Weinstein Surrenders To Authorities On Sexual Assault Charges

Harvey Weinstein Surrenders To Authorities On Sexual Assault Charges

He stared grimly as he appeared in a Manhattan court where he agreed to post US$1 million cash bail, wear an electronic monitor and not travel beyond NY and CT.

Outside the court, Weinstein's lawyer, Ben Brafman, told reporters his client would enter a not guilty plea. Weinstein has denied wrongdoing, asserting that he believes any sexual encounters he engaged in were consensual.

She also took aim at the film industry as she labelled Cannes Weinstein's "hunting ground".

More than 100 women have since accused Weinstein of crimes ranging from sexual harassment to assault and rape going back 40 years.

Weinstein's lawyer said in a May court filing that federal prosecutors in NY had opened a separate criminal investigation into the allegations.

It was the moment the #MeToo movement had been waiting for: Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs.

His attorney also defended Weinstein's actions, stating "Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood".

Weinstein faces rape and criminal sex act charges.

The D.A.'s office has said that it will continue to investigate other allegations.

"Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", said District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

"The NYPD thanks these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice", the police department said.

The victim in the rape case has not been identified publicly.

Therefore prosecutors were able to bring a case based on accusations leveled by actor Lucia Evans, who spoke to the New Yorker a year ago, that Weinstein had forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004.

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NY police previously confirmed another credible rape allegation after "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta accused the former producer of raping her twice at her NY apartment in late 2010.

She also says her "brave and attractive client has sacrificed her privacy and peace to come forward" and asks that she be left alone. "Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time", she told the magazine.

"Can't wait!" she wrote after the news broke, followed by, "Anyone know where I can get front row seats?!" He overpowered me. I just sort of gave up. The Manhattan District Attorney's office finally believes they found enough evidence to act. 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.

Federal prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into Weinstein's alleged sex crimes, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week.

She was among the first women to speak out about the producer and has confirmed to The New Yorker to be pressing charges.

"My job is not to defend behavior. Imagine how exhausted we are of it, and by we, I mean most of the world who has been assaulted or attacked".

After getting a standing ovation from Kelly's studio crowd, McGowan, who was one of Weinstein's earliest, best known accusers, described her morning as "surreal" adding, "It's real".

"There'd be times when you'd be kicked out of the suite at the Savoy or the Peninsula Hotel in L.A., and he would entertain", he said.

Weinstein is expected to be taken from the police precinct to Manhattan Criminal Court to be arraigned on the charges. I mean, this man had hunting grounds all over the world.

Weinstein used nondisclosure agreements to confidentially settle claims with women. Zelda Perkins, Weinstein's former assistant, told FRONTLINE that she and a colleague - who accused Weinstein of trying to rape her - signed a non-disclosure agreement. "This wasn't a normal confidentiality agreement". You know who you are. "This was a deeply, personally binding agreement".

Several sources familiar with the investigation tell NBC News the rape charges stem from a complaint made by an anonymous woman. Weinstein's next court date is July 30.

-Nick Verbitsky contributed reporting.

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