Friday 25 May 2018

Harvey Weinstein charged with rape after turning himself into police

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Harvey Weinstein has been charged with rape and other counts of sexual abuse involving two separate women. The disgraced movie producer maintained a smile despite being handcuffed shortly after turning himself into police in New York on Friday morning. ‘Today, at the NYPD’s 1st Precinct, Harvey Weinstein was arrested, processed and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women,’ the New York Police Department said in a statement on Friday morning. ‘The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice. The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.’

As helicopters hovered overhead, he arrived at the New York Police Department’s 1st Precinct around 7.25am wearing a dark jacket over a white shirt and light blue jumper, and dark jeans. He carried three books under his arm upon his arrival.  One of the books appears to be the biography of director Elia Kazan. He was behind such films as A Streetcar Named Desire and One The Waterfront.

Another of the books, was Something Wonderful by Todd S. Purdum, about the work of Braodway composers Rodgers and Hammerstein. Weinstein has formed a two-person legal team for his defence team. ‘We do not believe an indictment of Mr. Weinstein is imminent. A formal presentation will be made on Mr. Weinstein’s behalf in the appropriate course of the investigation, and we strongly believe we will demonstrate that no criminal charges are warranted,’ his representative said last year. Blair Berk and Ben Brafman ‘will be defending Mr. Weinstein in any matters in New York.’ Berk has previously worked with other Hollywood stars including Mel Gibson and Lindsay Lohan as well as Darren Sharper, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2016 after he pleaded guilty to drugging and raping three women. Brafman also has experience with high profile clients having acted as attorney for the late Michael Jackson and having represented Martin Shkreli. Weinstein was escorted inside by police officers as a crowd of journalists pushed up against barricades for pictures. It comes after it was revealed federal prosecutors in the New York Police Department were said to be ready to arrest Weinstein, after they ‘opened a probe’ into some of the sexual assault allegations raised against him. The shamed producer is facing charges in connection to at least one accuser, Lucia Evans, who reported to investigators that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004, sources told Daily News. Some of Weinstein’s most high profile accusers include Rose McGowan, Asia Argento, Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd.


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