Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Harvey Weinstein Arrested, Charged with Rape and Sexual Assault

Harvey Weinstein Arrested, Charged with Rape and Sexual Assault

Police officers had escorted Mr Weinstein inside a lower Manhattan police station at about 7.25am (12.25pm Irish time).

Tarana Burke, the founder of the wider #MeToo movement triggered by accusations against Weinstein, told Hollywood trade publication Variety that the expected charges represent a shift in the movement to change how sexual violence is handled.

No charges have been filed against Weinstein in London as of Friday. "We urge additional survivors and others with relevant information to call our Sex Crimes Hotline at 212-335-9373", District Attorney Cy Vance said.

"Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", he said in a statement.

"The NYPD thanks these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice", the New York Police Department said in a statement. I would also like to thank Commissioner James O'Neill and our dedicated partners at the NYPD. Britain has no statute of limits on rape cases; some of the allegations under investigation there date to the 1980s.

She added later that "this is the only movie Harvey Weinstein will be remembered for".

Evans 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. "The NYPD thanks these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".

The charges follow a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office. "Additional information will be provided as it becomes available".

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"Wipe that smile off your face, you f-ing monster", Argento remarked on Twitter about photos of a smiling Weinstein surrendering himself to authorities. He kept his head down and didn't respond to reporters who shouted, "Are you guilty?"

The fallen film producer's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told the judge that the defense had handed over a check for $1 million for Weinstein to be released on bail.

Weinstein was subsequently arraigned in court.

The accused serial sexual predator was cuffed from behind and showed no emotion during the proceeding in Manhattan Criminal Court, which was packed with media.

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

In an earlier interview with ABC, McGowan said, in reference to the justice she and his other victims feel, "we were sentenced to a prison, we were sentenced to years of it before anybody believed us".

"Extra" spoke with accuser Lauren Sivan, who was one of the first women to speak out against Weinstein last year, citing an incident in a restaurant 10 years ago during which he exposed himself and pleasured himself in front of her.

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