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Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, sex abuse and other crimes

26 May 2018

Neither victim was named. "I thank the courageous survivors who have come forward, and my Office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation", said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.in a statement.

In an earlier time, both biographies would have been likely film projects for the disgraced movie mogul, who pleaded not guilty to charges he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex.

Weinstein, 66, has been accused by dozens of women of sexual misconduct and has been investigated by the New York Police Department, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, the New York Attorney General's Office, the Los Angeles Police Department and United Kingdom authorities.

In a statement, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said, "Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", said District Attorney Vance. He said the cases against Weinstein were "legally defective or factually not supported".

News broke yesterday that Weinstein would ultimately turn himself in today, which he did at just after 7:30 AM local time at a downtown NYPD precinct, while holding a small stack of books.

Weinstein arrived at a NY police precinct holding Richard Schickel's biography of the stage and film director Elia Kazan and Todd Purdum's "Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution".

Outside the Manhattan courthouse where Weinstein, 66, was arraigned on rape and criminal sexual act charges, Brafman said that, if he cross-examined the accusers, a jury would not believe them, "assuming we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case".

After surrendering to NY police Friday morning, a handcuffed Weinstein entered a Manhattan courthouse where he gave up his passport and agreed to wear an ankle monitor, Variety magazine reports.

Vance made the decision even though he had a covert police recording of Weinstein telling Gutierrez he would not do it again.

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Salma Hayek, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie are among than two dozen actresses who say they were sexually harassed by the producer.

London's Metropolitan Police and Los Angeles prosecutors have said they are reviewing accusations of sexual assault against him.

She said: 'I have to admit seeing Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs is something I never thought I'd see and it feels honestly, really good.

The powerful mogul became an outcast last fall after investigations from the NY Times and the New Yorker revealed a history of intimidating women and allegations of sexual assault.

One of the cases was in NY, where Italian model Ambra Battilana accused Mr Weinstein of groping her in 2015.

The complaint says that the woman told police that Weinstein forced her into oral sexual conduct, and that he "grabbed the back of [her] head forcing her head downward and forcing her mouth onto his penis". "I think he is conscious of those considerations and will be able to strike the right tone", said Lefcourt.

Weinstein's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, declined to comment when first contacted about the charges late Thursday, but has previously said that Weinstein has consistently denied any allegations of "nonconsensual sex". His fashion designer wife, Georgina Chapman, has left him.

If he does, how long will the trial take?

Weinstein's lawyer is one of America's most celebrated criminal defence attorneys. One of Brafman's past clients, former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, ultimately escaped criminal prosecution for alleged sexual assault in 2011.

Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, sex abuse and other crimes