Harvey Weinstein surrenders on sexual-assault charges

Harvey Weinstein surrenders on sexual-assault charges

Harvey Weinstein surrenders on sexual-assault charges

An investigative grand jury, still convened, will look into other sexual assault allegations against Mr. Weinstein as well as possible financial crimes relating to how he paid women to stay silent, people familiar with the proceedings said.

He may have turned himself in on serious charges of sexual misconduct, but Harvey Weinstein appeared to be planning to do a spot of reading while in the police station.

"My job is not to defend behaviour", he said.

Mr Weinstein was sacked a year ago from his production firm, the Weinstein Company, which later filed for bankruptcy. That's not what this is about.

"We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you", McGowan tweeted during Weinstein's arraignment.

The rape charge relates to a woman who has not spoken publicly or been identified, the official said. Argento recently appeared during the Closing Ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival to reiterate her allegations: "In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes".

Numerous women, including several celebrities, have come forward with allegations that Weinstein repeatedly engaged in unwanted, inappropriate and aggressive sexual behavior since reports of his serial misconduct first surfaced a year ago.

"Even tonight, sitting among you, there are those who still have to be held accountable for their conduct against women", she said.

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The charges followed a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office.

Authorities have not officially released details of the charges, but three sources told NBC News that they stem from allegations made by two women.

His bond is expected to be set at $2 million, according to a law enforcement source. "So I would say maybe a year", he told the Associated Press.

Evans told The New Yorker magazine he forced her to perform oral sex during a daytime meeting in his office.

More than 70 women have accused Hollywood mogul of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some allegations dating back decades.

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. Weinstein has denied wrongdoing, asserting that he believes any sexual encounters he engaged in were consensual. Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman entered a plea of not guilty, saying later that "Harvey Weinstein did not invent the casting couch". We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity.

Federal prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into Weinstein's alleged sex crimes, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week.

In a statement, The Women's March said they hope the courage of the women who came forward will "continue to inspire others to break their silence". In another case, involving a woman who has not been named, Weinstein faces charges that include first-degree rape.

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