Harvey Weinstein's Accusers React to His Arrest

Harvey Weinstein's Accusers React to His Arrest

Harvey Weinstein's Accusers React to His Arrest

Dressed in a black or navy blazer over a powder-blue sweater and white dress shirt, he looked resigned. He lumbered into the precinct carrying books. Despite reporting the incident to the NYPD immediately, Vance's office declined to file charges after two weeks of investigation.

Weinstein arrived with reading material in hand.

Tainted Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was arrested on Friday on rape, criminal sex act and other charges from encounters with two women, police said on Friday as he faced the first criminal case stemming from misconduct claims that scores of women made against him.

In a statement published by the Hollywood Reporter, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said that Friday's charges, "reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", adding, "I thank the fearless survivors who have come forward, and my office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation".

The investigation is being run by the U.S. District Attorney's Office in the Southern District of NY.

A judge agreed to release Weinstein on $1-million bail (after setting a staggering $10-million bond), with constant electronic monitoring and a ban on travelling beyond NY and CT. The number increased further in another investigation by Ronan Farrow for the New Yorker. Police officers could be seen patrolling the area around the precinct.

The victim in the rape case has not been publicly identified.

The criminal sex act charge relates to a 2004 meeting between Weinstein and Lucia Evans, who was a new, young actor at the time.

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Image Spencer Platt Getty Images

More than 75 women have accused Weinstein of sexual wrongdoing.

Asia Argento, who like McGowan was among the first to share her story with journalists last fall said in a statement to CNN: "After decades of abusing women with impunity, finally, the beginning of the end of Harvey Weinstein's reign of terror". However, she admitted that it was still a "very good feeling". So they did something nice for him. This was not a one-time thing. Those women have suffered for years.

Weinstein's rep released a statement following the publication of the New Yorker expose, denying the accusations against him. "I am immensely grateful for what they have done".

"Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell", the Italian actress wrote on Twitter Friday.

Over the past few months, prosecutors in NY and L.A. have been building cases against Weinstein.

Rose McGowan, who has been at the centre of the Weinstein sexual assault scandal, took to social media on Friday to react to his arrest.

Before turning himself in, Weinstein had been spotted enjoying lunch in Malibu on Wednesday in a photo obtained by TMZ.

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