Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

How the Weinstein allegations led to criminal charges

How the Weinstein allegations led to criminal charges

- Activist and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, in a statement to CNN.

Weinstein's many accusers were watching the events unfold, and some of them shared their emotions on social media. "It's a very good feeling..." Weinstein was also ordered to wear a GPS monitoring system, stay in NY state or CT, and hand over his passport before being released. "He has entered a plea of not guilty and fully expects to be exonerated". He sought treatment for sex addiction at a facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, the New York Times reported.

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

"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. Brafman says he doesn't think a jury would believe Weinstein's accusers - if potential jurors are "not consumed by the movement that seems to have consumed this case".

Mr. Weinstein reigned as one of Hollywood's top producers, known as much for his bullying and aggression as for his cinematic success.

Then came the "perp walk" - Weinstein was marched past the assembled press with hands in cuffs behind his back, shuttled without ceremony straight to the nearby Manhattan Criminal Court.

Evans says Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in his office in 2004. We stand with the courageous women who came forward against Harvey Weinstein.

"We can't go backward", she said. On Thursday US film star Morgan Freeman apologised following allegations of sexual misconduct.

"I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein's survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law", she wrote.

"We can't go backward", McGowan said in an interview.

There have also been plenty of pleased reactions on Twitter.

The former film mogul's attorney, Ben Brafman, takes questions after Harvey Weinstein was released on bail.

"You know who you are, but most importantly, we know who you are, and we are not going to allow you to get away with it any longer". "The NYPD thanks these courageous survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".

Mr Weinstein was sacked past year from his production firm, the Weinstein Company, which later filed for bankruptcy.

Allegations from dozens of women against the once-powerhouse producer catalysed what became known as the #MeToo movement, a worldwide reckoning about sexual misconduct.

The former mogul - once the toast of Hollywood, whose films won scores of Oscars - smirked as he was escorted into a Manhattan courtroom in handcuffs to face the first criminal charges lodged against him. Investigators decided not to charge him even though there was an audiotape of Mr Weinstein accepting he had touched Ms Battilana's breasts and pledging not to do so again.

Yet speaking to CNN's Jim Sciutto on Friday, Farrow admitted that today, the day of Harvey Weinstein's arrest, has been a "complicated day".

Other women who have publicly accused Weinstein of criminal sexual assaults include actress Rose McGowan, who said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah; Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, who said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992; and Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe, who said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008.

Weinstein handed himself in to New York Police Department's First Precinct after he was served with criminal charges by the Manhattan District Attorney.

New York City police have also been investigating reports from actor Paz de la Huerta of similar abuse.

Numerous women, including several celebrities, have come forward with allegations that Weinstein repeatedly engaged in unwanted, inappropriate and aggressive sexual behavior since reports of his serial misconduct first surfaced previous year.

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.

The twice-married father of five has been investigated by British and U.S. police, but has not yet been charged with any crime.

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