Weinstein charged with rape, sex abuse

Posted May 25, 2018

The Hollywood producer was charged with rape, criminal sex conduct act, sex abuse, and sexual misconduct in relation to incidents involving two women, a New York Police Department spokesman told Business Insider.

Weinstein has consistently denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex. "Nothing about today's proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein's position", defense attorney Benjamin Brafman said.

In addition to the allegations of numerous women, she's also reported on the powerful relationships across industries the movie producer used to help keep his accusers quiet.

A jury would not believe the women, Brafman said, "assuming we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case". Weinstein denies ever engaging in non-consensual sex.

Brafman, he said, believes his client will be exonerated.

After his arraignment on Friday morning, Weinstein posted $1 million bail and surrendered his passport. He left through a courthouse back door less than three hours after his arrest.

A judge is expected to release him on bail, according to media reports.

Mr Weinstein turned himself in to police in the city earlier in the day.

He did not respond when a woman shouted: "Why are you smiling, Harvey?" Asked "what can you say?" he mildly shook his head and softly said "no".

Harvey Weinstein arrives at the first precinct while turning himself to authorities in New York City
Harvey Weinstein arrives at the first precinct while turning himself to authorities in New York City

These are the first criminal charges against Mr Weinstein, who already faces a raft of civil lawsuits.

Weinstein made no comment as he walked into the 1st Precinct police station in Manhattan at about 7:30 a.m, to surrender to authorities. The rape charge involves a woman who has not come forward publicly; the other is a onetime aspiring actress who was among his first accusers.

"This is an emotional moment. Today we are one step closer to justice", the actress said through her representatives.

Deponent further states that he is informed by a second person known to the District Attorney's Office that on March 18, 2013, in the morning hours at 569 Lexington Avenue, in the County and State of NY, defendant kept informant physically against her will in a room and engaged in sexual intercourse with informant by forcible compulsion, to wit, defendant penetrated informant's vagina with his penis and, at the time of the incident informant had clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act. We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity. "The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office", the NYPD said.

In the complaint, a New York Police detective stated that in 2004, Weinstein forced a woman to engage in oral sex with him, physically shoving her head downward.

Deponent states that he is informed by a person known to the District Attorney's Office that on one occasion between June and September of 2004, in the daytime hours, inside of 375 Greenwich Street in the County and State of NY, defendant forced informant to engage in oral sexual conduct, to wit, defendant grabbed the back of informant's head forcing her head downward and forcing her mouth onto his penis. More than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing around the globe. Companies he co-founded, Miramax and the Weinstein Co., were behind such hits as "Pulp Fiction", "Shakespeare in Love" and "The King's Speech". Former employees from Weinstein's film enterprises worked for the producer, placing intimidating calls to some of those who could jeopardize the Hollywood mogul. He narrowly escaped prosecution in 2015 when an Italian model went to New York City police and accused him of groping her during a meeting.

Weinstein surrendered to police early Friday and is expected set to appear in court later in the day. After a short investigation, though, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. decided not to bring charges because of a lack of evidence. On Thursday US film star Morgan Freeman apologised following allegations of sexual misconduct.

The officials spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the investigation. They include TV hosts Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, comedian Louis C.K, Democratic U.S. Sen.