Film mogul Harvey Weinstein appeared in handcuffs in a NY court on Friday to face charges of rape and other sex crimes against two of the scores of women who have accused him of misconduct, ending his reign as a Hollywood kingpin.
Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to the New York Police Department's First Precinct after be served with criminal charges by the Manhattan District Attorney's office on May 25, 2018 in New York City.
Weinstein walked in to the station carrying two books: Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum, and an autobiography of Elia Kazan. The NYPD did the same, stating it "thanks these fearless survivors who have come forward".
The Manhattan district attorney's office decided not to charge him in the case.
Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to the NY police on Friday.
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In February, New York's attorney general, who has since resigned in his own cloud of abuse allegations, sued the brothers and studio for failing to protect employees from alleged sexual misconduct despite multiple complaints. Harvey Weinstein's courthouse arrival "Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation".
"We can't go backward", she said.
Asked about the raft of other allegations against Weinstein, Brafman said the case was a question of crime, not bad behaviour.
Out on bail, Weinstein's travel will be restricted to NY and the neighbouring state of CT.
"This wasn't a smile to say, 'Be on my side, ' or 'Hey, I'm innocent.' It was weird and suggestive that he may feel he is going to get away with this or that I've gotten away with this for this long", she explains. Sources told the Wall Street Journal that one angle federal investigators are looking at is if Weinstein lured women to leave one state to go to another in the process of committing a sex crime.
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"If five other women have come forward, that's going to weigh heavily on the jury", she said, though Brafman would likely argue that such testimony would be prejudicial. He said the cases against Weinstein were "legally defective or factually not supported".
He's accused of forcing then-aspiring actress Lucia Evans to perform oral sex in 2004 and twice raping "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta in 2010.
Weinstein has said repeatedly through his lawyers that he did not have nonconsensual sex with anyone. "It was rape and sexual assault".
The allegations, first reported by the New York Times and the New Yorker past year, gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment.
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Journalist Ronan Farrow's articles in The New Yorker helped expose disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct.