Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, sex abuse and other crimes

Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, sex abuse and other crimes

Harvey Weinstein surrendered to authorities in New York City on Friday to face rape and sex crime-related charges against two women. The criminal sex act charge is believed to stem from the 2004 incident involving Lucia Evans, who claims Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a casting call.

Police in Manhattan have also confirmed they had 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.

His lawyer Benjamin Brafman said he would be denying the allegations.

He is then expected to be taken to Manhattan Criminal Court to be arraigned on the charges. Assistant D.A. and Special Counsel Joan Illuzzi stated in substance at the arraignment that Weinstein would be fitted with a monitoring device, which enables him to be tracked 24/7; if he wishes to travel beyond NY or CT, he must seek prior approval from the People and the Court; and he surrendered his passport, and may not apply for a new or replacement passport.

Law enforcement officials did not immediately identify the two women who Weinstein is charged with attacking.

An investigative grand jury, still convened, will look into other sexual assault allegations against Weinstein as well as possible financial crimes relating to how he paid women to stay silent, the report said. Several actresses and models accused him of criminal sexual assaults, including film 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 the Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe, who said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008. 'I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, " she added. 'May this give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere'.

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Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women.

Allegations against Weinstein, long whispered in the industry, first came to public light in October, when a New York Times story reported that he had sexually harassed female assistants, executives and actresses for decades, settling legal complaints made by at least eight women. I stand with my fellow survivors.

"I haven't come out of the shock of it yet", she said. "I didn't want to kick him or fight him". In Oct. 2017, after numerous actresses publicly detailed their encounters with Weinstein, Vance said that prosecutors in his office had felt the 2015 tape hadn't been enough evidence to charge Weinstein. She is not one of the victims in the case on Friday; hers was still pending, officials said.

Numerous civil suits have been filed against Weinstein and his production firm The Weinstein Company, which has been accused of facilitating his predatory behavior.

Sexual assault cases, particularly those that allegedly happened years ago, are notoriously hard to prosecute and often lack substantive forensic evidence.

Weinstein hired Brafman, one of America's most celebrated criminal defence lawyers, last November, just days after NY police announced they were gathering evidence for a possible arrest warrant.

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