Harvey Weinstein charged with sexual offences

31 May, 2018, 20:03 | Author: Miranda Cannon
  • Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to Rape in New York

Disgraced Hollywood powerbroker Harvey Weinstein was arrested and charged 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.

He was then charged with rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women.

According to several u.s. media, the accusation of sexual assault would come from Lucia Evans, a woman who has testified publicly in the past that Weinstein had forced them in 2004 to give him a blowjob.

The outpouring saw people around the world come forward with cases of sexual mistreatment, leading to resignations and sackings of powerful men across industries, and the disgrace of Oscar victor Kevin Spacey.

The officials were not authorized to speak to The Associated Press and spoke on condition of anonymity.

A grand jury has been hearing evidence in the case for weeks. "I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, '" she claimed.

Evans tells The New Yorker that she's pressing charges.

"The backlash to him and his election was so massive among women that that was the setup", Spillar said.

"As the court can appreciate, saving someone from unwarranted criminal prosecution is far more significant that having a baseless prosecution implode months or years from now after Mr. Weinstein's life and the lives of his family have been irreparably destroyed", he added.

Weinstein's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, stood behind the statement which he has given since the story broke.

In recent months, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has come under enormous public pressure to make a criminal case.

Weinstein, 66, turned himself in at the police station early Friday.

Weinstein is under criminal investigation in New York, Los Angeles and London. She tells the magazine that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex.

New York City police have also been investigating allegations by "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta, who told police last fall that Weinstein raped her twice in 2010.

It is not clear yet if Weinstein will also face federal charges.

McGowan paused, thought about it, and said "We got you".

"I hope in this case, it works". Because it's all true.

"We, as victims of that kind of behavior, we had all heard that kind of talk before", said Weinstein accuser Louisette Geiss. Today we are one step closer to justice. "It shows that it can be done".

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.

Since the publication of the first charges against the producer by the New York Times and the New Yorker at the beginning of October 2017, Harvey Weinstein has been accused by over a hundred actresses, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Asia Argento-, models and ex-employees of sexual abuse ranging from harassment to rape. Britain has no statute of limits on rape cases; some of the allegations under investigation there date to the 1980s. The films he steered to Academy Awards glory include "The Artist", "The King's Speech" and "The Iron Lady" - which won best actress for Streep as former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

Harvey Weinstein's choice of reading material for his surrender to NY authorities on Friday drew attention to a pair of entertainment biographies.

Weinstein has consistently denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex.

Women around the world will be celebrating this weekend - as they should be. He agreed to electronic monitoring and to stay within NY and CT. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.



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