Weinstein charged with rape, sex crime in NY

Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein

"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 Jr.in a statement.

His British fashion designer wife is divorcing him, his homes are being sold and he must now suffer the indignity of surrendering his passport and being fitted with a GBC monitor out on a $1 million cash bail.

The allegations against Weinstein sparked the #MeToo movement and a nationwide discussion about sexual assault and harassment, compelling women and men to come forward with their own accusations against other prominent figures. In March, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered a review of Vance's decision not to press charges. According to the Journal, federal prosecutors had already been looking into Weinstein for potential fraud.

He will reportedly face criminal charges of rape and criminal sexual act. Weinstein's attorney Benjamin Brafman stated in a news conference that they, "intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges". Here's what attorney Gloria Allred, who represents several of Weinstein's victims, had to say in a statement. To the extent that there's bad behavior in that industry, that is not what this is about. Nothing about today's proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein's position. Weinstein's next court date is July 30.

Police officers had escorted Mr Weinstein inside a lower Manhattan police station at about 7.25am (12.25pm Irish time).

The books he was holding appeared to be: Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution, by Todd S. Purdum (2018), Elia Kazan: A biography (2005), by Richard Schickel, and a notebook.

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He left handcuffed, without the books, after his mugshots and fingerprints were taken.

Disgraced Hollywood powerbroker Harvey Weinstein was arrested and charged on Friday with rape and sex crimes on two women, almost eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of assault accusations that triggered the global #MeToo movement.

Out on bail, Weinstein's travel will be restricted to NY and the neighbouring state of CT.

Prosecutors are charging the disgraced movie producer with sexual assault against two women, including allegations from a woman who accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex during a meeting in his office in 2004. Among the accusations are allegations of rape.

"They couldn't get a conviction", he said.

On Megyn Kelly Today, when asked what she would like to say to Weinstein if he might be listening, McGowan said, "We got you".

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Other celebrities are joining them in hoping for justice.

The Time's Up anti-harassment movement - launched on January 1 - said the producer "shattered the lives of an untold number of women", adding that it looked "forward to seeing justice prevail".

Dozens of women have made allegations against the 66-year-old, including rape and sexual assault, and giving rise to the #MeToo movement.

"There was a part of me that was terribly naive", Georgina Chapman, his estranged wife and mother of two, told Vogue magazine recently.

But for all the media circus, experts warn that any trial - let alone a criminal conviction - would still be a long way off.

"Me Too" began as an idea back in 2006, with rights activist Tarana Burke, who used it as the name for a group to help those who had been sexually harassed and assaulted.

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