Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Harvey Weinstein will be charged with rape

Harvey Weinstein will be charged with rape

Weinstein has repeatedly denied accusations of non-consensual sex.

According to an ABC news report, Judge Kevin McGrath set Weinstein's bond at $10 million, with $1 million paid in cash to post bail. He agreed to not leave the New York State or CT without court permission, and has also agreed to wear a Global Positioning System tracking device. At his arraignment on Friday, Weinstein's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, entered a plea of not guilty for his client.

Weinstein pled not guilty to two charges stemming from two incidents in 2004 and 2013.

Harvey Weinstein arrives at the first precinct while turning himself to authorities following allegations of sexual misconduct, Friday, May 25, 2018, in NY.

Harvey Weinstein surrenders to authorities on May 25, 2018, in NY. He lumbered into the precinct carrying books.

He is expected to be taken to Manhattan Criminal Court later on Friday to be arraigned on the charges, USA media reports. "The NYPD thanks these courageous survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".

"The NYPD thanks these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice", the New York Police Department said in a statement.

Weinstein was sacked from his company and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Producers Guild of America following detailed allegations of harassment and abuse published by The New York Times and The New Yorker in October.

"I have to admit I didn't think I would see the day that he would have handcuffs on him..."

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Film producer Harvey Weinstein leaves criminal court following his arraignment in Manhattan in NY, U.S., May 25, 2018. "They couldn't get a conviction", he said. 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.

Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein started his now-bankrupt company after leaving Miramax, the company they founded in 1979 and which became a powerhouse in '90s indie film with hits like "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love".

"Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell", wrote accuser Asia Argento.

Later, she said: "I hope this gives hope to victims and survivors everywhere because one win is a win for all of us".

"Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", said Vance in a statement.

Wealth and fame can also intimidate prosecutors, many who are elected and whose careers can be made or broken by big-name cases, especially those involving sexual assault.

Sexual assault cases, particularly those that allegedly happened years ago, are notoriously hard to prosecute and often lack substantive forensic evidence. Now in France visiting family, she said she felt uncomfortable giving a full account of her Los Angeles encounter with Weinstein.

"This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually", Manhattan Assistant Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said later, in words that brought raised eyebrows from the otherwise stony-faced Weinstein.

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