Harvey Weinstein arrested on sexual assault charges

  • Harvey Weinstein arrested on sexual assault charges

Harvey Weinstein arrested on sexual assault charges

Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to the NY police on Friday.

And CNN reports the 66-year-old will be charged with rape in the first and third degree in one case, and first degree sex act in another. He left through a courthouse back door less than three hours after his arrest.

Weinstein is expected to put up $1 million in cash for bail and wear a monitoring device, according to the Times. "The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office". Neither victims were named.

The New York police said in its statement: "The NYPD thanks these courageous survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".

Any court appearance on Friday would mark the first criminal charges filed against the twice-married, shamed former studio boss.

His defense attorney told reporters that Weinstein would enter a not guilty plea.

"We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges". We believe that they are constitutionally flawed.

Around 7:30 a.m., the producer surrendered to authorities at the New York Police Department's 1st Precinct, where was fingerprinted and photographed.

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.

As initially reported earlier in the week, Harvey Weinstein is turning himself in. In March, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the extraordinary step of ordering the state's attorney general to investigate whether Vance acted properly in 2015 when he decided not to prosecute Weinstein over a previous allegation of unwanted groping, made by an Italian model.

The public allegations against Weinstein helped prompt a broad public reckoning about sexual misconduct.

Weinstein has been charged with raping one woman and forcing another to perform oral sex on him, the New York Times reported, citing unidentified law enforcement officials.

McGowan claims she was rapped by Weinstein in 1997 in his hotel suite after a screening of her film Going All the Way at the Sundance Film Festival.

The latter case involves Lucia Evans, a former aspiring actress who told the New Yorker that Weinstein forced her to give him oral sex in 2004.

More than two dozen actresses including Salma Hayek, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie say they were sexually harassed by the producer.

He also faces a lawsuit in Ontario, where an actress, who has been granted anonymity by the court, alleges Weinstein sexually assaulted her while she was working on a movie in Toronto some two decades ago. With Weinstein's arrest comes a new chapter for the #MeToo movement. Brafman says he doesn't think a jury would believe Weinstein's accusers - if potential jurors are "not consumed by the movement that seems to have consumed this case".

Evans told The New Yorker in a story published in October that she repeatedly told Weinstein to stop but "didn't want to kick him or fight him".