Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Charges of Rape, Sex Abuse and More

Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to police

Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police, faces rape charges

The charges filed Friday stem from incidents with two separate women in 2013 and 2004, the Manhattan district attorney said in a statement, and were the result of a joint investigation between police and the Manhattan DA's office.

"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.

The New York Times and the New York Daily News reported Thursday that investigators were preparing to arrest Weinstein the next day.

"We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges", Brafman told reporters outside the courthouse.

More than 70 women have accused the co-founder of the Miramax film studio and Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some allegations dating back decades.

Following scores of sexual harassment complaints alleged against the producer, Weinstein has been undergoing sex-rehab treatment in Arizona and, according to Vanity Fair, additional therapy for "anger management, nutrition, and several addiction-related behaviors". He will wear an electronic monitoring device at all times, and face other travel restrictions.

Manhattan's district attorney, Cyrus Vance, is the first prosecutor to bring criminal charges against Harvey Weinstein over allegations of sexual assault.

"The NYPD thanks these courageous survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice", the NYPD said in a statement. Vance also urged other survivors to contact them.

Asia Argento, another one of Weinstein's accusers, tweeted a video of his walk into the police station, writing, "What took you so long Harvey?"

Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to police

Rose McGowan, who has also accused the Hollywood producer of rape, appeared on "Good Morning America" and "Megyn Kelly Today" to discuss her reaction to Weinstein's arrest.

"I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein's survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law", McGowan said through a representative. "We, the women, finally have real hope for justice", she wrote.

The court appearance by Weinstein, 66, followed his 7:30 a.m. surrender to police at the First Precinct for booking and a smiling perp walk when he headed to court just more than an hour later in a black Dodge Durango. Investigators decided not to charge him even though there was an audiotape of Mr Weinstein accepting he had touched Ms Battilana's breasts and pledging not to do so again.

Weinstein was photographed eating lunch in Malibu on Wednesday, his first public spotting since he entered rehab in Arizona late a year ago.

Weinstein has been investigated by British and United States police, but has not yet been charged with any crime. "It's only if you intentionally committed a criminal act and Mr. Weinstein vigorously denies that". He was the cult leader of Hollywood, I would say. Wearing a dark jacket draped over a baby-blue sweater, he seemed unsure on his feet and offered a mile-long stare as he turned to face the gallery before the proceeding. So they did something nice for him.

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.

He's accused of forcing then-aspiring actress Lucia Evans to perform oral sex in 2004 and twice raping Boardwalk Empire actress Paz de la Huerta in 2010.

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.


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