Accusers respond to charges against Harvey Weinstein

Accusers respond to charges against Harvey Weinstein

Accusers respond to charges against Harvey Weinstein

More than 100 women have since accused the 66-year-old of impropriety going back 40 years and ranging from sexual harassment to assault and rape. The allegations were in connection to at least one known accuser, Lucia Evans, who accuses Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in 2004.

Once inside, Weinstein was charged with one count each of first- and third-degree rape, as well as first-degree criminal sex act. He was smiling at times, as he arrived at a police station with books, including a biography of Hollywood director Elia Kazan under his arm.

Standing alongside his defence attorney, the former Tinseltown powerbroker looked glum during the brief arraignment, agreeing to post bail at $1 million cash, surrender his passport and be fitted with a Global Positioning System monitoring device.

The Hollywood producer was charged with rape, criminal sex conduct act, sex abuse, and sexual misconduct in relation to incidents involving two women, a New York Police Department spokesman told Business Insider. The New York Police Department, which made the arrest, told Yahoo Entertainment: "The NYPD does not release the mugshot of anyone arrested in New York City".

The charges followed a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office.

A smirking and handcuffed Weinstein was led from the precinct house past a phalanx of photographers and into an unmarked police SUV for the short ride to the courthouse for his arraignment.

Weinstein has consistently denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

The allegations against Weinstein sparked the #MeToo movement and a nationwide discussion about sexual assault and harassment, compelling women and men to come forward with their own accusations against other prominent figures.

The Reuters news agency said the rape charge relates to a woman who was not identified. Actress Annabella Sciorra, who has accused Weinstein of rape, tweeted, "Are you kidding me?" in reaction to Weinstein lawyer Benjamin Brafman's statement that "the casting couch in Hollywood was not invented by Harvey Weinstein". His lawyers have reportedly negotiated an agreement that will see him surrender his passport and wear a movement-tracking device.

Brafman said in a May court filing that federal prosecutors in NY had opened a separate criminal investigation into the allegations. "We believe that they are not factually supported by the evidence", Brafman said. And in 2015, an Italian model went to New York City police and accused him of groping her during a meeting. "This is the first time since written history that women are being believed - begrudgingly, but still".

She also tweeted, "We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you".

Authorities in California and London also are investigating assault allegations.

She was among the first women to speak out about the producer and has confirmed to The New Yorker to be pressing charges.

Weinstein was sacked from his company and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Producers Guild of America following detailed allegations of harassment and abuse published by The New York Times and The New Yorker in October.

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