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Harvey Weinstein Surrenders To Police & Arrested On Rape Charges

 Harvey Weinstein, 66, turned himself in to police in New York City related to sexual misconduct charges on May 25.

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He arrived at the police station in lower Manhattan at 07:30 (12:30 BST) on Friday, carrying three books. After having his mugshot and fingerprints taken, he was led out in handcuffs and taken to court.

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During a brief court appearance, during which Mr Weinstein did not speak, prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said the former mogul had “used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually”.

Mr Weinstein was released on a $1m bail bond, wearing a monitoring device. His lawyer Ben Brafman told reporters outside the court the disgraced mogul would enter a not guilty plea.

“We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges,” Mr Brafman said. “We believe that they are constitutionally flawed. We believe that they are not factually supported by the evidence.”

Dozens of women have made allegations against the 66-year-old, including rape and sexual assault, and giving rise to the #MeToo movement which sought to demonstrate and draw attention to the widespread prevalence of sexual abuse and harassment.

Mr Weinstein has denied committing any non-consensual sex acts.

A statement from the New York Police Department said Mr Weinstein “was arrested, processed and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women”.

During a brief court appearance, during which Mr Weinstein did not speak, prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said the former mogul had “used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually”.

Mr Weinstein was released on a $1m bail bond. His lawyer Ben Brafman told reporters outside the court the disgraced mogul would enter a not guilty plea.

“We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges,” Mr Brafman said. “We believe that they are constitutionally flawed. We believe that they are not factually supported by the evidence.”

In its statement, the New York Police Department thanked “these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice”.

Lucia Evans is thought to be one of the accusers who prompted the charges

Details of those making the accusations have not yet been officially released, but former actress Lucia Evans, who said Mr Weinstein forced her into oral sex in 2004, is thought to be one of the women whose cases triggered the charges.

Over 80 other women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein following reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker in 2017 from a number of women, including young actresses with whom he worked, including Gwyneth PaltrowAngelina Jolie, and Uma Thurman. Weinstein has been accused of rape, sexual assault, harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct.

These are the first criminal charges against Mr Weinstein, who already faces a raft of civil lawsuits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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