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Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, other sex crimes in NYC

25 May 2018, 09:08 | Yvette Williams

Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police, faces rape charges

Harvey Weinstein arrives at the first precinct while turning himself to authorities following allegations of sexual misconduct Friday

One official said it's likely the case also will include at least one other victim who has not come forward publicly.

The Reuters news agency said the rape charge relates to a woman who was not identified.

The accusations, first reported a year ago by the New York Times and the New Yorker, gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment of misconduct.

Speaking outside the courthouse following the arraignment, Weinstein's attorney Ben Brafman said they "intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges" and believes Weinstein will be exonerated. He was wearing a suit, appeared to be limping and was clutching several books.

Judge Kevin McGrath ordered Weinstein released on $US1 million ($1.3 million) cash bail.

The news that Weinstein was planning to surrender to NY authorities broke earlier this week.

Weinstein surrendered to police after the Manhattan District Attorney's office and NYPD's months-long investigation into allegations of sexual abuse. He'll be required to wear a GPS monitoring system and is only allowed to travel within NY state or CT.

Weinstein has previously denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

Accused sexual abuser Harvey Weinstein officially turned himself into police on May 25.

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Carrying a stack of books, the former Hollywood producer walked into a NY police precinct office through a gauntlet of reporters and photographers earlier Friday to the snapping of camera shutters.

Mr Brafman, one of the most experienced and aggressive trial lawyers in NY, said he meant to cross-examine the women who had accused Weinstein and that a 12-person jury would find him not guilty - if a "fair-minded" jury could be assembled.

"I actually did not believe this day would come", she said on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" program. "This is a big strike into the heart of abuse of power and it shows people worldwide that this can not and will not stand".

Entertainment industry heavyweights distanced themselves from Weinstein after the accusations became public.

Evans told The New Yorker in a story published in October that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a daytime meeting at his New York office in 2004, the summer before her senior year at Middlebury College.

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.

Brafman said in a May court filing that federal prosecutors in NY had opened a separate criminal investigation into the allegations. With Weinstein's arrest comes a new chapter for the #MeToo movement.

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.



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