Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

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

After the arraignment, his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, announced that Weinstein intends to plead not guilty.

Weinstein denies ever engaging in non-consensual sex.

It was revealed Wednesday that months after the New York Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning exposé revealed how Weinstein abused his power, preying on actresses with whom he had a professional relationship, the producer may also face federal charges.

The precise charges he is to face were not immediately clear.

The police Department of NY also thanked all those who spoke about the harassment Weinstein, courage and the desire to achieve justice.

A woman who claims she was a victim of Harvey Weinstein in two incidents in the 1990s said alleged survivors she's in touch with feel "elated" at his surrender and arrest Friday, but predicted he'll now "play hard and dirty".

"I watched Harvey Weinstein walk out of the police station in handcuffs and closed my eyes and thought about what it would be like to see my rapist walk out in handcuffs", she said.

Weinstein was understood to have had his mugshots and fingerprints taken at the station, close to his former Miramax office in Tribeca and the Manhattan townhouse he once shared with his estranged wife.

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Donald Trump's victory in 2016 hardened the resolve of many women who, when confronted with the Weinstein case in October, saw a rare chance that a serial predator with enormous prestige and clout might be held accountable.

For some women, Weinstein's arrest Friday on rape and criminal sex act charges was a relief.

NY police have also confirmed a credible rape allegation against Weinstein after "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta accused him of raping her twice at her NY apartment in late 2010.

So long Harvey, we hope the women you abused for years are finally given the justice they deserve.

Dozens of women have made allegations, including of rape and sexual assault, against the 66-year-old. According to reports, the Hollywood producer's bail has been set at $1 million and ordered to wear a Global Positioning System monitor.

"I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, ' " she told the publication, adding that in the end, "He's a big guy". He sought treatment for sex addiction at a facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, the New York Times reported.

Vance - a Democrat who faced public pressure from women's groups to prosecute Weinstein this time - said Friday's charges "reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation".

Italian actress Asia Argento, one of more than 70 women who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, live-tweeted his surrender. Al Franken, chef Mario Batali, casino magnate Steve Wynn and, most recently, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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