Harvey Weinstein charged with rape


Harvey Weinstein arrives for arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Courthouse in handcuffs after being arrested and processed on charges of rape, committing a criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct on 25 May, 2018 in New York City.

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.

Weinstein also surrendered his passport and agreed to stay within the states of NY and CT.

Brafman said Weinstein intends to plead "not guilty", but also said he will continue pressing the NY prosecutor "to dissuade them from proceeding" with the investigation - a possibility rarely available to poorer defendants.

Friday's are the first criminal charges against Weinstein in the scandal that began last fall.

Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape by more than 80 women including A-list actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie, is being formally charged for a case involving a woman named Lucia Evans.

But Matthew Belloni, the editorial director at The Hollywood Reporter, has seen a few court cases in his time and says it may take up to a year.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R Vance Jr praised the "brave survivors who have come forward" as he urged people with relevant information to come forward.

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The New York Police Department issued a statement thanking "these courageous survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".

Argento came forward with her accusations against Weinstein as part of the 2017 Ronan Farrow New Yorker piece that ultimately took the disgraced movie mogul down.

"He's not taking responsibility for a single one of these victims", she said in an interview.

Actress Rose McGowan tweeted: "We got you, Harvey Weinstein". The 66-year-old Oscar victor was accused of sexual misconduct in investigative reports published by The New York Times and The New Yorker in October 2017.

Weinstein's Italian attorney said on Saturday that Argento's allegations were "completely false".

Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein started his now-bankrupt company after leaving Miramax, the company they founded in 1979 and which became a powerhouse in '90s indie film with hits like "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love". Argento recently appeared during the Closing Ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival to reiterate her allegations: "In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes". "I was 21 years old". "Mr. Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual".

"We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges".

"We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity", she continued. Sivan alleged that more than a decade ago, Weinstein cornered her in the hallway of a NY restaurant and proceeded to masturbate in front of her, while he pleasured himself by a potted plant.