Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, sex abuse and other crimes

Kelley Robertson
May 25, 2018

Rose McGowan is speaking out about disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's surrender to NY police to face charges stemming from a probe by the Manhattan district attorney's office into allegations of sexual abuse.

The 66-year-old film producer was seen arriving to the First Precinct in Tribeca on Friday morning (May 25) in New York City.

However, it is not clear as of now whether the charges, expected on Friday, will include money mishandling allegations. About 80 women have come forward with a range of allegations against Weinstein, including rape, harassment and inappropriate comments.

Weinstein has previously denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. He is expecting various criminal sex charges. That is the basis of the rape charge involving an unidentified woman.

In a statement, District Attorney Cy Vance said the charges stem from incidents involving two women in 2013 and 2004, respectively.

Weinstein's state of mind on Friday was, according to his attorney, "As well as can be expected when you are accused of a crime that you vehemently deny having committed".


After talking and writing about the case for so long, including in a recent memoir, "Brave," McGowan, 44, said it came as a huge surprise when news of the legal case finally came.

Argento came forward with her accusations against Weinstein as part of the 2017 Ronan Farrow New Yorker piece that ultimately took the disgraced movie mogul down. He'll be required to wear a GPS monitoring system and is only allowed to travel within NY state or CT.

In a statement to Mic, organizers of the Women's March called Friday "an important day in terms of visibility for all women whose lives have been devastated because of the actions of Harvey Weinstein", adding, "We seek justice for women and all people who have been harassed and abused in the workplace".

The New York Times and the New York Daily News reported Thursday that investigators were preparing to arrest Weinstein the next day. It would be the first criminal case against Weinstein since the revelations about him erupted last October and sparked the cultural "reckoning" that became the MeToo movement.

Asked about the raft of allegations that made Weinstein a symbol of sexual misconduct, Brafman said: "Bad behavior is not on trial in this case". Some women's groups, including the Hollywood activist group Time's Up, accused the Democrat of being too deferential to Weinstein and too dismissive of his accusers. Film actress Rose McGowan said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah, "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992 and Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008.

"Not in a million years, and one of the hardest conversations I had over and over again with these fearless women was that in addition to the sacrifice they were making in telling this story, they didn't think they would ever be heard if they did take that leap, let alone to see actual accountability", Farrow said.

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