Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Charges of Rape, Sex Abuse and More

May 25, 2018, 21:07
Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Charges of Rape, Sex Abuse and More

He has been charged with Rape, Criminal Sex Act, Sex Abuse and Sexual Misconduct involving two separate incidences. With Weinstein's arrest comes a new chapter for the #MeToo movement. I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this.

Some of Friday's charges reportedly stem in part from complaints from former actress Lucia Evans, who says Weinstein assaulted her in his NY offices in 2004.

Besides the immediate satisfaction of seeing Weinstein face justice, McGowan said she firmly believes that his story, and the cultural quake that followed, will have a profound and lasting impact on how society treats powerful abusers who engage in sexual misconduct.

The other case involves allegations by Lucia Evans, a former aspiring actress who told the New Yorker that Weinstein forced her to give him oral sex in 2004, the Times reported.

"You sorry, Harvey?" came a shout from a throng of media as the once powerful movie mogul walked into a lower Manhattan courthouse in handcuffs, his head bowed.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women. Some women's groups, including the Hollywood activist group Time's Up, accused the Democrat of being too deferential to Weinstein and too dismissive of his accusers.

After talking and writing about the case for so long, including in a recent memoir, "Brave," McGowan, 44, said it came as a huge surprise when news of the legal case finally came.

Other actresses who have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct include Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek. We seek justice for women and all people who have been harassed and abused in the workplace. If convicted on the most serious charges, Weinstein could face between five and 25 years in prison.

She told The New Yorker in a story published in October that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a daytime meeting at his New York office in 2004, the summer before her senior year at Middlebury College.

Evans told the New Yorker in a story published in October last year that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a daytime meeting at his NY office in 2004, the summer before her senior year at Middlebury College.

London's Metropolitan Police have said they are investigating an allegation of sexual assault against Weinstein, while prosecutors in Los Angeles said in February they were reviewing three accusations of sexual assault against him. The Weinstein Co's board fired him and the company filed for bankruptcy in March.

"Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, said in a statement after the arraignment.

The public allegations against Weinstein helped prompt a broad public reckoning about sexual misconduct.

Ronan Farrow, who wrote the New Yorker's report on Weinstein, told CNN Friday that numerous producer's accusers believed they'd never see justice.

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