Weinstein released on $1 mn bail over rape, abuse charges

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 27, 2018

But the accusations by Evans and the other woman were not subject to a statute of limitations because they involved forcible compulsion, for which any time limit was effectively lifted after 2001, the officials said.

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

Almost 100 women have now accused Weinstein of crimes ranging from sexual harassment to assault and rape going back decades.

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

London's Metropolitan Police confirmed in February 2018 that it was investigating Weinstein after 10 women came forward with sexual assault allegations, according to the Associated Press.

"This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually" - prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said.

Prosecutors have also combed through Weinstein's financial records in an effort to uncover any possible improprieties, several people have said. He will be back in court on July 30.

Weinstein was released on $1-million bail, with constant electronic monitoring and a ban on travelling beyond NY and CT.

Speaking to reporters after the hearing, Brafman signalled he would defend Weinstein by undermining the credibility of his client's accusers. "We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges". And in 2013, the complaint alleges that Weinstein kept another woman "against her will in a room" where he "engaged in sexual intercourse" with her even though the woman had "clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act".

"This is all happening in real time, but I can say this", McGowan said while appearing on Megyn Kelly Today on Friday. "This is a big strike into the heart of abuse of power, and it shows people worldwide-which is what I was hoping the whole time-that this can not, and will not, stand".

NY officials have said they may add to the charges against Weinstein, including charges based on accusations from at least one as yet unidentified woman.

He stared grimly as he appeared in a Manhattan court where he agreed to post US$1 million cash bail, wear an electronic monitor and not travel beyond NY and CT. In 2017, he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presents the Oscars. Companies he co-founded, Miramax and the Weinstein Co., were behind such hits as Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love and The King's Speech.

Weinstein was a fixture of elite Manhattan and Los Angeles society until his accusers came forward. The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine were the first to report the accusations.

The Manhattan district attorney's office decided not to charge him in the case. "The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office". "My career opportunities, after having been defamed by Harvey Weinstein, were significantly diminished". The district attorney said his decision was based on the merits of the case.

Weinstein was sacked from the company he co-founded and expelled from the organization that bestows the Academy Awards last fall after The New York Times and The New Yorker published articles about his treatment of women, including multiple allegations that he groped actresses, exposed himself to them or forced them into unwanted sex.

The New York charges mark the second high-profile prosecution of a once-powerful show business personality in the #MeToo era. Some of the big Hollywood names to accuse him of sexual misconduct include Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, and Salma Hayek.

Cosby's conviction followed a mistrial a year ago on the same charges.

"This wasn't a smile to say, 'Be on my side, ' or 'Hey, I'm innocent.' It was weird and suggestive that he may feel he is going to get away with this or that I've gotten away with this for this long", she explains. In a tweet, she said, "We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you".

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