Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself In To NYPD To Face Charges

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Weinstein had been a powerful force in the entertainment world until last year's series of investigative stories from the Times and the New Yorker that detailed accusations of sexual misconduct made by several women.

Harvey Weinstein turned himself into the NYPD on Friday morning where he was charged with rape and other sex crimes. He is now out on bail, wearing a monitoring device.

His face pulled in a strained smile and his hands locked behind his back, the once-powerful Hollywood figure emerged from a police station Friday facing rape and criminal sex act charges, a searing reckoning for the man who became a symbol of a worldwide outcry over sexual misconduct. Argento posted two messages to her social media pages: "What took you so long, Harvey? and "Harvey Weinstein isn't smiling now", both accompanied by screenshots of Weinstein heading into the courtroom". Weinstein, standing next to his attorney Ben Brafman, did not speak during the proceeding.

More than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing, and authorities in California and London are also investigating assault allegations.

London's Metropolitan Police have said they are also investigating an allegation of sexual assault against Weinstein, while prosecutors in Los Angeles said in February they were reviewing three accusations of sexual assault against him. "They have gotten lots and lots of documents and they were not going to go forward with any of these cases, no matter how the rest of us may have felt, until they felt they were ready and they are ready now". "We believe that they are not factually supported by the evidence and we believe that at the end of the process Mr. Weinstein will be exonerated". "I thank the fearless survivors who have come forward, and my office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation".

Other women who have publicly accused Weinstein of criminal sexual assaults include the film actress Rose McGowan, who said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah, "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra, who said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992, and Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe, who said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008.

Harvey Weinstein has arrived at a New York City courthouse in handcuffs to face rape, criminal sex act and other charges. McGowan told the AP on Thursday that she is gratified but "still in shock" that Weinstein was expected to surrender. "It was always my fault for not stopping him", she said. "We were just people". With Weinstein's arrest comes a new chapter for the #MeToo movement.

It was a carefully choreographed performance.

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Hours after disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was arrested Friday morning, actress and Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan shared her reaction to seeing him in handcuffs.

At Weinstein's arraignment, Judge Kevin McGrath set bond at $10 million, meaning the disgraced producer has to pay $1 million today.

A second was Richard Schickel's biography of filmmaker Elia Kazan. "Today we are one step closer to justice", the actress said through her representatives. Some have alleged rape. "This is the first time since written history that women are being believed - begrudgingly, but still".

Brafman said in a May court filing that federal prosecutors in NY had opened a separate criminal investigation into the allegations. Investigators decided not to charge him even though there was an audiotape of Mr Weinstein accepting he had touched Ms Battilana's breasts and pledging not to do so again. Weinstein denies ever engaging in non-consensual sex.

But there were rumors in Hollywood for years about Weinstein's pursuit of young actresses. "Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood and to the extent that there is bad behavior in that industry, that is not what this is about".

"I don't want to, because it's not about me", she replied.

"Me Too" began as an idea back in 2006, with rights activist Tarana Burke, who used it as the name for a group to help those who had been sexually harassed and assaulted. Allegations have been mounting against Weinstein since last October.

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