Harvey Weinstein to be arrested in NY on Friday

Oscar Cross
May 31, 2018

Weinstein has been charged with rape, committing a criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct stemming from incidents with two separate women.

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. She was among the first women to speak out about the 66-year-old film producer.

Weinstein was expected to be charged at least with criminal sexual act, a crime that carries up to 25 years in prison, the officials said.

Ben Brafman, Weinstein´s powerful defense attorney, has declined to comment on his client´s planned surrender. "We got you. Yeah". "Because one win is a win for all of us", McGowan said Thursday night.

Gayle Goldin, a state legislator in Rhode island who's been campaigning against sexual misconduct, said multiple factors - aside from the Trump Effect - distinguished the Weinstein case from previous cases involving high-profile men.

Representative Weinstein said his client agreed to wear a tracking device.

NBC's Kelly asked: "If he were watching this today, what would you say to him?"

During a half-hour in a cell, officials said, he sat on the floor and flipped through the Kazan biography. Officers used three, linked sets to put his hands behind his back - a common procedure for heavyset prisoners.

He's accused of confining a woman in a Manhattan hotel room and raping her in 2013, according to a court complaint. "I hope this gives hope to victims and survivors everywhere, that we are one step closer to justice".

Weinstein - who has consistently denied any allegations of non-consensual sex - arrived at just before 7.30am NY time clutching two books, Something Wonderful: Rodgers And Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution, by Todd S Purdum, and Richard Schickel's biography of producer, director and writer Elia Kazan.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance filed felony sex crimes charges against the fallen producer after he turned himself into authorities at the first precinct police station in Tribeca.

Italian actress Asia Argento, one of more than 70 women who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, live-tweeted his surrender.

Weinstein was a fixture in the most elite entertainment circles of Manhattan and Los Angeles until his accusers came forward.

He co-founded Miramax, which has produced such Academy Award-winning films as Pulp Fiction, Chicago, The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love.

Weinstein had been on the radar of authorities for several years.

There is no statute of limitations for such crimes in NY.

On Friday, Weinstein handed off the books at the police station, where he was booked quickly.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has come under enormous public pressure to bring a criminal case.

The one-time Democratic Party donor, who hobnobbed with Hillary Clinton and once had a personal fortune estimated at $150 million, was hit Friday for the first time by criminal charges, following an avalanche of civil lawsuits.

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