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Weinstein charged with rape, sex abuse

25 May 2018

Speaking in court, Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, a Manhattan assistant attorney, said Weinstein used " his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually". Weinstein raised his eyebrows as he heard it. His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said Friday that he would fight to get the charges dismissed, saying they're factually unsupported and constitutionally flawed.

In an earlier interview with ABC's Amy Robach, McGowan she wanted to see Weinstein behind bars because "we were sentenced to a prison, we were sentenced to years of it before anybody believed us. We were just people".

Disgraced movie tycoon Harvey Weinstein was released on $1 million cash bail Friday morning after being arraigned in a mobbed Manhattan Supreme Court courtroom on rape and other sex-crimes charges involving two women. He left through a courthouse back door less than three hours after his arrest. The grand jury is still hearing evidence in his case.

Asia Argento, another one of Weinstein's accusers, tweeted a video of his walk into the police station, writing, "What took you so long Harvey?" Asked "what can you say?" he mildly shook his head and softly said "no". "It's only if you intentionally committed a criminal act and Mr. Weinstein vigorously denies that".

Weinstein lumbered into a police station early Friday wearing a blazer and carrying books including "Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution", about the Broadway musical duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and "Elia Kazan", about the famed film director.

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The victim in the rape case has not been identified, the Times reported, but Weinstein will be charged with first-degree and third-degree rape. The detective also said that in 2013, Weinstein kept a woman in a room against her will "and engaged in sexual intercourse with informant by forcible compulsion", even though she had "clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act".

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

Actress Ashley Judd is suing the Hollywood producer, claiming he damaged her career after she rejected his sexual advances.

"This is an emotional moment".

A former fixture in the most elite entertainment circles of Manhattan and Los Angeles, Weinstein has spent time in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the New York Times said he sought treatment for sex addiction. "The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office".

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Weinstein was charged with rape and a criminal sex act as well as lower-level sex abuse and sexual misconduct charges.

Brafman said Weinstein may be guilty of bad behavior but not criminal conduct, adding his client did not invent the casting couch.it's been around for a long time. As Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to police, the world's media got an unobstructed view of the "perp walk".

The allegations against Weinstein ultimately toppled him from his namesake media production company, but the allegations have had a ripple effect. Weinstein will likely be faced with the same problem as Cosby: there will be many, many alleged prior victims willing to testify against Weinstein, potentially helping prosecutors show a criminal pattern or practice of Weinstein over the course of many years.

The police passed the case to prosecutors.

In a separate statement, District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. called the charges against Weinstein "significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation".

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Weinstein was arrested ahead of Memorial Day weekend in the USA, meaning he'll have the benefit of receiving considerably less media coverage than he would otherwise, to which McGowan said, "It's on a Friday of a holiday weekend, so, slow media, right?" On Thursday US film star Morgan Freeman apologised following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Weinstein charged with rape, sex abuse