Harvey Weinstein Arrested and Formally Charged with Rape and Sexual Misconduct

Harvey Weinstein Arrested and Formally Charged with Rape and Sexual Misconduct

Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender Friday morning to authorities in NY on sex assault charges. The charges stem from complaints by two women and cover alleged assaults that occurred in 2004 and 2013.

More than 70 women have accused Mr Weinstein of sexual misconduct although the charges relate to only two of them.

Weinstein has reportedly spent months in treatment for sex addiction.

Since then, almost 100 women have come forward alleging 40 years of impropriety that sparked a sexual harassment watershed, ending the careers of powerful men and spawning the global #MeToo and Time's Up movements.

"I represent many accusers of Harvey Weinstein, both in lawsuits and in claims in bankruptcy court". Weinstein was taken into custody with an expected $2 million bond.

News broke yesterday that Weinstein would ultimately turn himself in today, which he did at just after 7:30 AM local time at a downtown NYPD precinct, while holding a small stack of books.

About 90 minutes later, Weinstein was led by officers into court in handcuffs, grimacing, with his head bowed and his books nowhere in sight.

The rape charge relates to a woman who has not spoken publicly or been identified, the official said.

The criminal complaint against Weinstein, which charges him with one count of rape in the first degree, one count of rape in the third degree, and one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree, gives several graphic details of what allegedly happened.

"It's been a long time coming and today my fellow victims and I rejoice and pray no one ever underestimates the power of women when we stand together + scream the truth #WeSpoke #MeToo #TimesUp #LockHimUp" - Weinstein accuser Lauren Sivan, via Twitter.

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Entertainment industry heavyweights distanced themselves from Weinstein after the accusations became public.

No charges have been filed against Weinstein in London as of Friday. But on Friday, Harvey Weinstein was arrested and charged with rape, the most famous pariah of the #MeToo cause.

In 2017, he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after racking up Oscars for a string of films that helped define independent cinema in the 1990s, including "The Crying Game", "Shakespeare in Love" and "Pulp Fiction". More than 90 women have since come forward with additional allegations. Sivan alleged that more than a decade ago, Weinstein cornered her in the hallway of a NY restaurant and proceeded to masturbate in front of her, while he pleasured himself by a potted plant.

That said, he was charged with first-degree rape and sexual abuse. Since Weinstein was sacked from his now-bankrupt company in October, dozens of high-profile men in the entertainment and news media industries, among other sectors, have been fired or forced to resign following allegations of misconduct.

Weinstein looked "scared and frail" in the holding cell, where he sat on the floor, a source said.

Given the role that reporting about Weinstein played in the torrent of allegations unleashed since October, seeing him undergo a perp walk on Friday had plenty of significance. The district attorney said his decision was based on the merits of the case.

He is allowed only in the states of NY and CT.

Weinstein was formally charged with rape and other acts of sexual misconduct. Music producer Phil Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in 2009, but only after a mistrial on those charges two years earlier.

"If I'm allowed to, I will attend", McGowan told the AP.

Weinstein now has until next Wednesday to decide whether he wants to testify in front of a grand jury.

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