Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Rape Charges

Film producer Harvey Weinstein leaves the New York Police Department's 1st Precinct in Manhattan in New York

Film producer Harvey Weinstein leaves the New York Police Department's 1st Precinct in Manhattan in New York

The film mogul posted $1 million cash bail and was released pending his next court appearance.

In a statement, District Attorney Cy Vance said the charges stem from incidents involving two women in 2013 and 2004, respectively.

"Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", he said in a statement. "I thank the fearless survivors who have come forward, and my office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation".

"The charges will not be believed by 12 people, assuming we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case", he said. At his arraignment on Friday, Weinstein's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, entered a plea of not guilty for his client.

And he began to take aim at the accusations and accusers, noting that the alleged attacks weren't reported to police when they happened and suggesting potential jurors wouldn't believe the women.

"Mr Weinstein did not invent the casting couch". Mr Weinstein is now out on one million dollar bail and is wearing a monitoring device, BBC reports.

It was women sharing their experiences with Weinstein that made way for more victims to come forward with allegations against powerful men in the entertainment industry and beyond, revealing systems that seemed to, for years, insulate those men from any repercussions and silence their victims. "Those are the desperate excuses of somebody who thought he'd never get caught".

From his surrender to his handcuffed "perp walk" to his quiet exit from the courthouse rear on bail, the first stage of Weinstein's reckoning was only about a three-hour affair, but it played out in a drama watched by photographers and TV cameras and broadcast to the whole world.

Harvey Weinstein is led out of the New York Police Department's First Precinct in handcuffs after being arrested on May 25 in New York City.

According to BBC News, Weinstein arrived at around 7 a.m. local time "carrying a book about director Elia Kazan".

Weinstein left court in the back of a gray Toyota 4Runner.

The 44-year-old was one of the first women to accuse Weinstein of rape. In October 2015, Vance Jr. declined to press charges after an investigation into whether Weinstein groped Italian model Ambra Battilana.

In light of the accusations, Mr Weinstein checked himself into rehab in Arizona, where he has been seeking treatment for sex addiction.

Speaking on stage at the Cannes film festival last week, Argento said she predicted the producer would "live in disgrace, shunned by a film community that once embraced him".

His wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, left him soon after the allegations surfaced, with police criminal investigations ongoing in London, Los Angeles and NY.

Asia Argento and Rose McGowan are two of Harvey Weinstein's accusers. But this is a big strike into the heart of abuse of power. "Had he been held accountable years ago, there would be fewer victims of his sex crimes", Harrison said.

In another tweet, she shared a BBC clip of Weinstein walking into the police station and wrote, "What took you so long Harvey?"

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