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Harvey Weinstein Surrenders To Police In NYC & Is Arrested On Rape Charges

Harvey Weinstein Surrenders To Police In NYC & Is Arrested On Rape Charges

He was seen carrying three books, including Elia Kazan: A Biography and Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution.

"Assuming we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case", he said. One of them, former aspiring actress Lucia Evans, says Weinstein invited her to his Miramax office, where he physically overpowered her and forced her to perform oral sex.

Exposés in both the Times and the New Yorker revealed allegations from women who said they had been propositioned, harassed, assaulted or raped by Weinstein, who allegedly used his powerful role in Hollywood to prey on women within the industry. "This is an important day in terms of visibility for all women whose lives have been devastated because of the actions of Harvey Weinstein". Since Evans and others came forward, scores of women have shared their own stories of suffering sexual assault and harassment - stories that have implicated powerful men in Hollywood and beyond, from media and literature to politics and music.

She was one of the earliest Harvey Weinstein accusers, and she thought the mogul might never face justice in a court of law.

Brafman, Weinstein's lawyer, told reporters outside the court that his client will enter a plea of "not guilty" to the charges.

It marked the first criminal case against Weinstein, coming seven months after the allegations destroyed his career and set off a national reckoning over sexual misconduct known as the #MeToo movement.

Evans was among the first women to speak out about the producer.

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"Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell". If convicted on the most serious charges, Weinstein could face between five and 25 years in prison. If he wants to travel beyond NY or CT, he has to get approval from the judge.

In the complaint, a New York Police detective stated that in 2004, Weinstein forced a woman to engage in oral sex with him, physically shoving her head downward. Their later company, Weinstein Co., distributed Oscar winners "The Artist" and "The King's Speech".

"After decades of abusing women with impunity, finally, the beginning of the end of Harvey Weinstein's reign of terror", Argento said in a statement to CNN.

"Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, said in a statement after the arraignment.

The public allegations against Weinstein helped prompt a broad public outcry about sexual misconduct.

Ronan Farrow, who wrote the New Yorker's report on Weinstein, told CNN Friday that numerous producer's accusers believed they'd never see justice.

They include TV hosts Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, comedian Louis CK, Democratic Senator Al Franken, chef Mario Batali, casino magnate Steve Wynn and, most recently, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.