Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood producer, arrested on rape, sex abuse charges

Ruben Ruiz
May 26, 2018

Here are reactions coming in already from Hollywood and beyond as the NYPD says Weinstein was formally arrested, processed and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women.

Disgraced Hollywood powerbroker Harvey Weinstein was arrested and charged on Friday with rape and sex crimes on two women, almost eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of assault accusations that triggered the global #MeToo movement.

McGowan, one of the numerous women who alleged sexual harassment and assault at the hands of Weinstein, was joined on social media by fellow accuser Asia Argento as footage of Weinstein's arrest was broadcast by news outlets.

Women and a few men have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment of unwanted sexual behavior or sexual abuse.

The felony charges concern "forcible sexual acts against two women in 2013 and 2004, respectively", the Manhattan District Attorney's Office announced Friday. If convicted on the most serious charges, Weinstein could face between five and 25 years in prison.

The best way to watch Harvey Weinstein walk himself into a Manhattan police precinct on Friday morning was via NBC News' Periscope.

Weinstein, 66, has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

"I came of age in the '60s and '70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different", the 66-year-old said in a freakish statement in October that apologized for yet appeared to justify his behavior. Weinstein may have wanted to have sex, but didn't assume from the get-go he would have to rape the woman. Weinstein agreed to post $1 million cash bail, wear an electronic monitor and not travel beyond NY and CT. Today we are one step closer to justice.

An investigative grand jury will continue to probe other sexual assault allegations against Weinstein and any financial crimes related to him paying women to remain quiet, according to the New York Times.

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McGowan further said she doesn't "ever want to see him again" and that she doesn't want to forgive him.

"Mr. Weinstein will enter a plea of not guilty", Brafman told reporters, adding that his client "has always maintained that any sexual activity he engaged in was consensual".

"I hope that he is made accountable in a criminal case and that one day he will truly understand what the impact of his behaviour has had on women, that has caused so many women unnecessary pain". "But I have a visceral need for him to have handcuffs on him".

The district attorney and police have been investigating Weinstein for months, under growing pressure from Hollywood actresses to bring the disgraced producer to justice.

"Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement. "Harvey Weinstein shattered the lives of an untold number of women".

Weinstein was a fixture of elite Manhattan and Los Angeles society until his accusers came forward. "I would say it's just so big".

"If I'm allowed to, I will attend", McGowan told the AP.

Therefore prosecutors were able to bring a case based on accusations leveled by actor Lucia Evans, who spoke to the New Yorker a year ago, that Weinstein had forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004.

Authorities in several cities have also launched criminal investigations into Weinstein.

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