Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself in for Alleged Sex Crimes Against 2 Women

25 May, 2018, 21:54 | Author: Miranda Cannon
  • Harvey Weinstein arrived at the First Precinct

The Marchesa fashion designer, who has two children with Weinstein, tells US Vogue she did not go out in public for five months following the first wave of accusations.

Earlier on Friday morning Weinstein had turned himself over to police in NY to face the charges.

The charges stem from encounters with two of the dozens of women - some famous, some not - who have accused him of sexual misdeeds.

The Reuters news agency said the rape charge relates to a woman who was not identified.

In October 2017, a spokeswoman for Weinstein said: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein..."

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

Merseyside Police say they received an allegation of sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s, and referred it to Scotland Yard.

Asked about the raft of other allegations against Weinstein, Brafman said the case was a question of crime, not bad behavior.

Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer and his lawyer Benjamin Brafman both earlier declined to comment on the charges.

As he surrendered, the 66-year-old Weinstein found himself surrounded by lights and cameras in a spectacle he couldn't control.

"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.

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".


Film actress Rose McGowan said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah, Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992 and Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008.

Weinstein was charged with three felonies - rape in the first degree, rape in the third degree and a criminal sexual act in the first degree - "for forcible sexual acts against two women in 2013 and 2004, respectively", Vance's office said Friday morning.

The lawsuit, lodged in the United States, sees Kadian Noble allege Weinstein attacked her in the French city after allegedly grooming her in London with the prospect of a role in one of his films.

Weinstein stands accused by more than 70 women of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some of the accusations going back decades.

Reporter Ronan Farrow, whose New Yorker piece on Weinstein followed the initial exposé in The New York Times by Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor - said on CNN of the arrest, "It's an incredible and unexpected moment".

NY police have also confirmed a credible rape allegation against Weinstein after "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta accused him of raping her twice at her NY apartment in late 2010.

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. More than 80 allegations have been leveled at Weinstein since last fall.

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In a statement to Mic, organizers of the Women's March called Friday "an important day in terms of visibility for all women whose lives have been devastated because of the actions of Harvey Weinstein", adding, "We seek justice for women and all people who have been harassed and abused in the workplace". But Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. decided not to bring charges, citing a lack of evidence.

Prosecutors in the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., conducted dozens of interviews in NY and elsewhere and issued hundreds of subpoenas, and their inquiry is not over.

Authorities in California and London also are investigating assault allegations.

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