Harvey Weinstein released on $1m bail over rape and abuse charges

Tonya Becker
May 26, 2018

Early Friday, Harvey Weinstein turned himself into police in NY and was arrested and charged on criminal sex charges, seven months after over 100 women in Hollywood came forward accusing the disgraced producer of sexual misconduct.

The Manhattan district attorney's office and NY police have investigated Harvey Weinstein for months, coming under growing pressure from the Time's Up movement to bring the disgraced producer to justice. Some women's groups, including the Hollywood activist group Time's Up, accused the Democrat of being too deferential to Weinstein and too dismissive of his accusers.

Weinstein refuted her claims.

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.

"It shows people worldwide, which is what I was hoping the whole time, that this can not and will not stand", she said.

Asked about the raft of other allegations against Weinstein, Mr Brafman said the case was a question of crime, not bad behavior.

FBN's David Asman on the NY Daily News report that Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities on Friday.

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.

Weinstein earlier turned himself in at a lower Manhattan police station around 7:25 a.m. EDT (1125 GMT).

He stepped out of a black SUV, clutching several books, among them what appeared to be the Rodgers and Hammerstein biography "Something Wonderful" and a book on director Elia Kazan, before walking into the police station.

Being of a certain status and wealth, Shapray says it's inevitable Weinstein's fame will lead to different treatment as he faces charges.

The case marks the first criminal charges against the Hollywood mogul after months of sexual abuse allegations from scores of women, which destroyed his career and catalysed the #MeToo movement.

The complaint says that Weinstein had sexual intercourse with the woman, and that she "had clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act". The initial investigations into Weinstein have created massive ripple effects in the film industry and many other industries, and across the world.

No charges have been filed against Weinstein in London as of Friday.

McGowan, who accused Weinstein, 66, of raping her in 1997, believes he was just as shocked as she was that police busted him, because "the system was created by men like him and his accomplices to protect him".

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". That's the most awful part of it, and that's why he's been able to do this for so long to so many women: "people give up, and then they feel like it's their fault". He must wear an ankle bracelet and can only travel within the NY or CT.

The new cases which are brought to light every day would not have been possible without the seeds sown by #MeToo, however, they are also suggestive of the continued and widespread prevalence of sexual abuse and harassment against women in all walks of life.

Bennett Gershman, a professor at New York's Pace Law School, said the task for Brafman was "monumental, maybe even impossible" given the depth of public antipathy toward Weinstein.

This case may be different, especially if Weinstein's financials and emails point to his guilt. The district attorney said his decision was based on the merits of the case.

That's what Harvey Weinstein accuser Lauren Sivan realized, reflecting on the fallen movie mogul, hours after he was arrested in New York City on Friday. That's common at this stage in a criminal case in NY.

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