Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood producer, arrested on rape, sex abuse charges

26 May, 2018, 13:16 | Author: Regina Boyd
  • Film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at the 1st Precinct in Manhattan in New York U.S

He pleaded not guilty to charges of first- and third-degree rape and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree at his arraignment.

Being of a certain status and wealth, Shapray says it's inevitable Weinstein's fame will lead to different treatment as he faces charges. Weinstein raised his eyebrows as he heard it.

Weinstein, wearing a dark jacket over a blue sweater and white open-collared shirt and dark jeans, appeared pale, and stood next to Brafman, staring into the middle distance while prosecutors described a bail agreement.

He agreed to pay $1 million in cash as part of a prenegotiated bail package, with a Manhattan judge also ordering him to wear an electronic monitor and surrender his passport. The disgruntled movie producer entered into a non-guilty plea and is due back in court in July.

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".

Prosecutors say Weinstein used his "position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually".

It was not, in other words, a case - actually, scores of cases - of women eagerly throwing themselves into Weinstein's bed for a shot at stardom, or even of him enticing them with offers of fame. Weinstein has apologized for his behavior but denied accusations of 'non-consensual sex'.

The statement did not identify the two women.

Sivan was one of more than 80 women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault, and/or rape.

She added that seeing him in handcuffs, despite the fact he could be seen smiling, is "a very good feeling".

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The other case involves allegations by Lucia Evans, a former aspiring actress who told the New Yorker that Weinstein forced her to give him oral sex in 2004, the Times reported.

Attacking the credibility of accusers through tough cross-examination is a common defence strategy in rape and sexual assault cases, which often boil down to "he said, she said", according to NY lawyer Lisa Linsky.

Rose McGowan took a victory lap on Megyn Kelly's hour of Today show, the day Harvey Weinstein turned himself in and was booked on rape charges in Manhattan.

"I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, '" she told the magazine.

"Can't wait!" she wrote after the news broke, followed by, "Anyone know where I can get front row seats?!"

"The Hand that Rocks the Cradle" actress Annabella Sciorra, who has accused the former producer of rape in the early 1990s, has been tweeting ever since it was announced Thursday that Weinstein would be turning himself into police.

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

Police in Los Angeles and London have also been investigating reports filed against Weinstein by multiple women.

NY authorities have been investigating the disgraced producer for months, under growing pressure from Hollywood actresses to bring him to justice, and their probes are ongoing.

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