Weinstein formally charged with rape, posts $1 million bail

Carla Harmon
May 26, 2018

The disgraced Hollywood mogul turned himself in earlier that day, and was charged with rape, committing a criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct.

The powerhouse attorney notably defended pop icon Michael Jackson and former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn against sex charges, as well as the rapper and producer Sean "P. Diddy" Combs against weapons violations and bribery charges.

While Weinstein is the subject of an active investigation in NY, he's also under investigation for alleged sex crime in Los Angeles and London. Facing a jail bond of $10 million, he reportedly paid $1 million in the form of a cashier's check to post bail.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women, with some of the allegations dating back decades.

The internet is rejoicing over finally seeing Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office and police have been investigating Weinstein for months, coming under growing pressure from the Time's Up movement and Hollywood actresses to bring the disgraced producer to justice.

She spoke out about his rape at the 2018 Cannes festival and applauded his arrest later by tweeting: 'Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell.

The powerful mogul became an outcast last fall after investigations from the NY Times and the New Yorker revealed a history of intimidating women and allegations of sexual assault.

According to BBC News, Weinstein arrived at around 7 a.m. local time "carrying a book about director Elia Kazan". 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".

The actress Rose McGowan, who accused Mr Weinstein of rape, told the BBC it was an "amazing day for his survivors".

"Another actress who was among the first women to accuse Weinstein of harassment, Oscar victor Mira Sorvino, added a one-word hashtag, "#Justice".

Weinstein's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, declined to comment when first contacted about the charges late Thursday, but has previously said that Weinstein has consistently denied any allegations of "nonconsensual sex". Several actresses and models accused him of criminal sexual assaults, but numerous encounters happened too long ago for any prosecution. Nothing about today's proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein's position. They come after a months-long investigation into incidents involving Weinstein and onetime aspiring actress Lucia Evans in 2004 and an unnamed accuser in 2013.

Asia Argento has also had her say, as she shared a video of the news breaking along with the caption: 'This is the only movie Harvey Weinstein will be remembered for #perpwalk'. Today the former producer surrendered for two of the allegations against him, and was released on $1 million cash bail. "What took you so long Harvey?" the actress, 42, wrote.

Numerous men in entertainment accused of misconduct have been stripped of their power - losing their companies, as in Weinstein's case, or being written out of reruns and future Hollywood deals, in actors' cases. He has been expelled by the Oscar-awarding Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and sacked by his own studio, The Weinstein Company, which has since filed for bankruptcy.

"Assuming", he added, "we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case".

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