Harvey Weinstein Surrenders To Authorities On Sexual Assault Allegations

Harvey Weinstein Surrenders To Authorities On Sexual Assault Allegations

Weinstein raised his eyebrows as he heard it. Weinstein had earlier denied any allegations of non-consensual sex. Ben Brafman, an attorney for Weinstein, told the Hollywood Reporter that his client will plead not guilty to the charges.

"Assuming", he added, "we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case". The detective also said that in 2013, Weinstein kept a woman in a room against her will "and engaged in sexual intercourse with informant by forcible compulsion", even though she had "clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act".

"Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood, and to the extent that there is bad behavior in that industry, that is not what this is about", the attorney said.

He agreed to pay $1 million in cash as part of a prenegotiated bail package, with a Manhattan judge also ordering him to wear an electronic monitor and surrender his passport. His bail is expected to be set at $2 million.

USA media reported that the former movie powerbroker - once the toast of Hollywood, with his films winning scores of Oscars - had been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury. Argento posted two messages to her social media pages: "What took you so long, Harvey? and "Harvey Weinstein isn't smiling now", both accompanied by screenshots of Weinstein heading into the courtroom". Asked "What can you say?" he mildly shook his head and softly said "No".

Weinstein is charged with rape and a criminal sex act on two women, almost eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of accusations that triggered the #MeToo movement.

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. The rape charge stems from an allegation by a woman who has not been publicly identified.

Now, actress Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of raping her 20 years ago, is gratified but "still in shock" at the news that he is expected to surrender on Friday and finally face charges of sexual assault, in one of the scores of cases in which he's accused. She was among the first women to speak out about the producer.

"This is an emotional moment".

"Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell".

"I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, '" she told the magazine.

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

Police in Manhattan have also confirmed they had a credible rape allegation against Weinstein after "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta accused him of raping her twice at her NY apartment in late 2010. The New York Times reported that the charges follow multiple accusations against him that led women around the world to come forward with accounts of being sexually harassed and assaulted by powerful men, leading to the #MeToo movement.

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