Friday morning, disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to Manhattan police for sexual assault charges relating to two incidents with two different women. Weinstein was charged with first- and second-degree rape and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree for actions in 2004 and 2013.
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Echoing his public response to the 60-plus allegations against him since last October, Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His lawyer maintains that the movie producer “fully expects to be exonerated.” After arriving at the precinct, Weinstein had his mug shot and fingerprints taken and was then perp-walked out of the building in handcuffs to appear in court for his arraignment.
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Weinstein was released later in the morning on $1 million bail but was required to turn in his passport, wear a GPS monitoring system and limit travel to New York state and Connecticut. One of the victims in the case was also granted a protection order by the judge (there have been reports of Weinstein using intimidation tactics to silence his alleged victims).
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CNN reports that the victim in the 2004 case is former aspiring actress Lucia Evans who alleges that the mogul forced her to perform oral sex on him at his New York office. Evans was one of the original thirteen women who told their stories to the New Yorker last fall, triggering Weinstein’s downfall and the Me Too movement. The other woman has not been publicly identified.
While many of Weinstein’s victims have expressed their fears that the man would never face any legal ramifications for his actions, these charges suggest there may be actual concrete consequences for his decades spent allegedly systematically intimidating and sexually abusing women. In addition to this case in New York, there are ongoing investigations into Weinstein in Los Angeles and London.
.@AsiaArgento: “After decades of abusing women with impunity, finally, the beginning of the end of Harvey Weinstein’s reign of terror. I wish I could say this brings me peace. Unfortunately, the damage he has done to women can never be undone. He belongs in prison.”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 25, 2018
The date of Weinstein’s trial has not yet been made public, but his lawyer says that they “intend to move quickly to dismiss these charges.”
In a statement, the New York Police Department sent out a thank you to the “brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice.”
We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) May 25, 2018