Harvey Weinstein Will Turn Himself In To Police On Criminal Charges

Faith Castro
May 25, 2018

Flinching when he heard himself described as a man who used power to prey on women, Harvey Weinstein was charged Friday with rape and another sex felony in the first prosecution to result from the wave of allegations against him that sparked a national reckoning over sexual misconduct. He kept his gaze lowered while shuffled past a barrage of shouted questions. Harvey is also under investigation by the U.S. Attorney in New York City. The criminal sex act charge is believed to stem from the 2004 incident involving Lucia Evans, who claims Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a casting call.

"A Wrinkle in Time" director Ava DuVernay, one of the leaders of the Time's Up campaign against sexual harassment in the workplace, posted a link on Twitter to news of Weinstein's expected surrender, adding "Karma NEVER loses an address".

More than 100 women have since accused the twice-married 66-year-old of misconduct going back 40 years and ranging from sexual harassment to assault and rape.

In a statement published by the Hollywood Reporter, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said that Friday's charges, "reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", adding, "I thank the courageous survivors who have come forward, and my office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation".

"The NYPD thanks these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice", the statement continued.

"He forced me to perform oral sex on him", she said. Among them is Rose McGowan, who says Weinstein raped her at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.

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She recalled that Weinstein appeared to find the encounter ordinary.

Weinstein's state of mind on Friday was, according to his attorney, "As well as can be expected when you are accused of a crime that you vehemently deny having committed".

The charges would be the first against him since some 70 women started bringing allegations against Weinstein - allegations which gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment. Watch Weinstein's arrival " Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation. McGowan was one of Weinstein's earliest accusers.

Evans, now a marketing consultant, told The New Yorker that Weinstein approached her in a club in 2004 and that an assistant subsequently set up a daytime meeting at the Miramax office in Tribeca. "May his arrest give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere that are telling their truths".

"Not in a million years, and one of the hardest conversations I had over and over again with these fearless women was that in addition to the sacrifice they were making in telling this story, they didn't think they would ever be heard if they did take that leap, let alone to see actual accountability", Farrow told CNN.

London's Metropolitan Police have said they are also investigating an allegation of sexual assault against Weinstein, while prosecutors in Los Angeles said in February they were reviewing three accusations of sexual assault against him.

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