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Harvey Weinstein Surrenders, Charged with Rape in Manhattan
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25 May 2018 05:28 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Harvey Weinstein (Image source: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons)

 

After many long months, the accusations that spurred the #MeToo movement, those against Harvey Weinstein, have finally led to criminal charges. The Hollywood producer turned himself in early Friday and was arraigned on multiple charges, including rape.

 

This has actually been going on through decades, similar to the Bill Cosby crime, but the accusations came to light in a New York Times story last October. The story stated he was accused of sexually harassing or sexually abusing many women throughout the years, including actress Ashley Judd. 

Just like with Cosby, once this story came out, more and more women came forward to add their Weinstein story to the mix, many of them famous actresses. It had a domino effect as women became emboldened and spoke up against sexual misconduct against them by men other than Weinstein as well.

 

He is looking at criminal charges in multiple cases, with Friday's arraignment being his first so far. He was charged with first- and third-degree rape and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree. With at least four women expected to testify before the grand jury, more charges are expected. 

These two cases have to do with incidents with two separate women in 2004 and 2013 after a joint investigation between police and the DA's office, according to the Manhattan district attorney.

 

"Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone. Nothing about today's proceeding changes Mr. Weinstein's position. He has entered a plea of not guilty and fully expects to be exonerated," said his attorney, Benjamin Brafman, in a statement. 

In the deal between Brafman and the DA's office, Weinstein turned himself in with bond being set at $10 million. He will have to wear a GPS monitoring system and is only allowed to travel within the states of New York and Connecticut. He surrendered his passport as well. A temporary order of protection was granted on behalf of an unnamed victim.

 

CNN was told by a source familiar with the investigation that the criminal sex act charge stems from a case that involves Lucia Evans, an aspiring actress. She claims Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his office in 2004.  

Carrie Goldberg, Evans' attorney, called Weinstein's arrest an "emotional moment." She added, "Harvey Weinstein's arrest came to pass as a result of our client's bravery in coming forward and the tenacity of law enforcement."

 

"The arrest and future trial of Harvey Weinstein is but one victory in the war against sexual violence," continued Goldberg. "That war is far from over. Believe victims." 

It's unknown who the victim is in the rape case.

 

"We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges," claimed Brafman. "We believe that they are constitutionally flawed. We believe that they are not factually supported by the evidence, and we believe that at the end of the process Mr. Weinstein will be exonerated." 

Weinstein is under investigation for alleged sex crimes in Los Angeles and London as well, and a sex crimes investigation involving him was started by federal prosecutors in New York.

 

His representative has said that since the accusations, he has sought treatment.  

"Not in a million years," stated Ronan Farrow, in reference to his accusers believing they'd never see justice. He wrote a story on Weinstein's crimes for the New Yorker.

 

"One of the hardest conversations I had over and over again with these brave women was that in addition to the sacrifice they were making in telling this story, they didn't think they would ever be heard if they did take that leap, let alone to see actual accountability."

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