Harvey Weinstein arrested on rape, criminal sex act charges

31 May, 2018, 20:02 | Author: Raquel Nash
  • Film producer Harvey Weinstein leaves the New York Police Department's 1st Precinct in Manhattan in New York

Scores of women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct ranging from inappropriate comments to rape. Weinstein's lawyer said the film producer intends to plead not guilty and he has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

More than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing, and authorities in California and London are also investigating assault allegations.

Rose McGowan says she was raped by Harvey Weinstein in 1997.

So long Harvey, we hope the women you abused for years are finally given the justice they deserve.

The rape charge relates to a woman who was not identified.

Hollywood's disgraced film producer, Harvey Weinstein, handed himself in to NY police today, Friday.

Donald Trump's victory in 2016 hardened the resolve of many women who, when confronted with the Weinstein case in October, saw a rare chance that a serial predator with enormous prestige and clout might be held accountable.

McGowan said she was "in shock" at the news that Weinstein would face charges.

The former powerbroker - once the toast of Hollywood, whose films won scores of Oscars - is likely to be charged with raping one woman and forcing another into performing oral sex, USA media have reported.

Evans told The New Yorker in a story published in October that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a daytime meeting at his New York office in 2004, the summer before her senior year at Middlebury College.

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Evans tells The New Yorker that she's pressing charges.

The triple Oscar victor has since said she was "appalled" and had no idea about the "disgraceful" allegations.

"I can say this, the man who pinned me down had handcuffs on him today", she told NBC's Megyn Kelly in an interview shortly after the arrest.

For some women, Weinstein's arrest Friday on rape and criminal sex act charges was a relief.

On the Howard Stern Show on Wednesday, Gwyneth Paltrow said that Brad Pitt, who was her then-boyfriend, confronted Weinstein and pushed him up against a wall because Weinstein had put his hands on her when she was 22.

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

Over the revelations of the New York Times and the New Yorker, winning the Pulitzer prize for their investigations, it appeared that Weinstein -long revered for having promoted a original cinema embodied by directors such as Quentin Tarantino- had used his power, for almost 40 years, to get young actresses or aspiring actresses to give in to his sexual fantasies, sometimes assisted by its employees and buying the silence of victims through confidentiality agreements. She says Weinstein made unwanted advances toward her on two occasions in 1991, in NY and Los Angeles.

Weinstein surrendered to police early Friday and is expected set to appear in court later in the day. Britain has no statute of limits on rape cases; some of the allegations under investigation there go back to the 1980s.

In February 2018, The Weinstein Company, which was co-founded by Weinstein filed for bankruptcy following a last-ditch deal failed. The Weinstein Co. found success with Oscar winners "The Artist" and "The King's Speech".

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