Movie producer Weinstein to surrender on sex assault charges

Deanna Kelley
May 26, 2018

Fallen Hollywood filmmaker Harvey Weinstein surrendered to authorities in New York City on Friday, just seven months after The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed alleged decades of sexual assault, harassment, rape and other forms of sexual misconduct against dozens of women.

The film producer was to face criminal sex act and rape charges in a NY court, according to a law enforcement official who wasn't authorized to discuss the case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Harvey Weinstein arriving at a police precinct in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood in Manhattan on Friday.

He carried thick books under his right arm, including what appeared to be biographies of the Broadway musical duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and Elia Kazan, the director of such classic Hollywood films as "On the Waterfront" and "A Streetcar Named Desire".

The film mogul posted $1 million cash bail and was released pending his next court appearance.

Harvey Weinstein turned himself in for arrest in NY on Friday on charges of rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct in cases involving two women.

In its statement, the New York Police Department thanked "these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".

Weinstein earlier turned himself in at a lower Manhattan police station around 7:25 a.m. EDT (1125 GMT).

Weinstein has denied any wrongdoing, and his lawyer indicated Friday that the movie mogul is pleading not guilty to the charges.

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NY police say charges relate to allegations made by two women in an sex abuse probe involving the movie producer.

"I would point out what the women and certainly that New Yorker story that Lucia Evans was featured in accusing Harvey Weinstein was not the casting couch", Farrow said. Weinstein was also ordered to wear a GPS monitoring system, stay in NY state or CT, and hand over his passport before being released. Despite reporting the incident to the NYPD immediately, Vance's office declined to file charges after two weeks of investigation. When she got there, Weinstein appeared; Evans recalled the assault, "I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't.' I tried to get away, but maybe I didn't try hard enough".

"This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually", prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said at Weinstein's arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.

After sexual assault charges were dropped against former International Monetary Fund Chairman Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 2011, his lawyer Ben Brafman assailed the accuser's credibility, telling Reuters: "This encounter was quick, it was consensual and she was a willing participant".

Weinstein's career went down in flames last October over sexual abuse allegations following bombshell articles in The New York Times and New Yorker magazine, which sparked a sexual harassment watershed across the United States.

Harvey Weinstein is now in the crosshairs of federal prosecutors who are looking to possibly prosecute him under a law that some legal experts say is a giant stretch.

Major figures in media and politics have lost their jobs or had their reputations tarnished by allegations that they subjected women to unwanted advances or outright assaults.

"That is the $64,000 question", said Gerald Lefcourt, one of Brafman's peers among NY defence lawyers.

The complaint says that Weinstein had sexual intercourse with the woman, and that she "had clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act".

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