Harvey Weinstein arrested in New York on rape, criminal sex act charges

Harvey Weinstein arrested in New York on rape, criminal sex act charges

Ronald Pratt
May 25, 2018

CNN reported that prosecutors charged Weinstein with first and third-degree rape in one case and first-degree criminal sex act in another case. The Hollywood producer left the Manhattan courthouse through a back door.

"We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you", actor Rose McGowan tweeted on Friday, as Weinstein sat in court. "It's only if you intentionally committed a criminal act and Mr. Weinstein vigorously denies that". He narrowly escaped prosecution in 2015 when an Italian model went to New York City police and accused him of groping her during a meeting. "I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, '" she told the magazine. We stand with the courageous women who came forward against Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein surrendered his USA passport and agreed to wear a monitoring device that tracks his location, confining him to the states of NY and CT. In a press conference on the steps of the courthouse, Brafman said they are planning to enter a not guilty plea. He referred to the charges as "constitutionally flawed".

Brafman also said his job "is not to defend behavior". Now, could he still use means to say, settle out charges privately with women to evade further accountability.

He has until Wednesday to decide whether to testify before a grand jury. We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges.

Harvey Weinstein's lawyer says he believes the movie mogul will ultimately be exonerated of rape and other sex charges against him in NY. Several actresses and models accused him of criminal sexual assaults, but numerous encounters happened too long ago for any prosecution. He voluntarily surrendered this morning, and we have met all of the bail conditions by agreement, so that we would not have extended court proceedings. "Mr. Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual". Many of these allegations are long and overdue, quite frankly, having been made about events that are alleged to have occurred many years ago.

A jury would not believe the women, Brafman said, "assuming we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case".

People don't get convicted based on accusations.

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"I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein's survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law", McGowan said through a representative. Tarana Burke, the activist who originated the rallying cry and hashtag #MeToo, spoke to Variety about Weinstein's then-impending arrest on Thursday.

Deponent further states that he is informed by a second person known to the District Attorney's Office that on March 18, 2013, in the morning hours at 569 Lexington Avenue, in the County and State of NY, defendant kept informant physically against her will in a room and engaged in sexual intercourse with informant by forcible compulsion, to wit, defendant penetrated informant's vagina with his penis and, at the time of the incident informant had clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act.

According to the Times, what can be considered methodical abuse of women, was a carefully and meticulously designed apparatus, which included journalist, talent agencies, and influence peddling.

Mr Weinstein was released on a $1m bail bond. The Clintons and Harvey planned a documentary TV show about Mrs. Clinton's campaign.

Lawyers for the film producer have said all allegations that he forced himself on women were "entirely without merit". The firms Weinstein hired include Black Cube, an enterprise run largely by former officers of Mossad with branches in London and Tel Aviv, and Kroll, a large corporate intelligence company. He sought treatment for sex addiction at a facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, the New York Times reported. Former employees from Weinstein's film enterprises worked for the producer, placing intimidating calls to some of those who could jeopardize the Hollywood mogul.

The movement's original case, the case #MeToo has, arguably, blossomed out of, is now reaching its epilogue. That makes these first criminal charges against Weinstein possible.