Harvey Weinstein to face rape charges: Officials

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The Harvey Weinstein case: How events unfolded; the #MeToo movement, the arrest, and the releaseHarvey Weinstein released on 1 million dollar bail over rape charges‘Harvey Weinstein, we got you’: Hollywood producer out on $1m bail, but Twitterati happy to see him under custodyFilm producer Harvey Weinstein was expected to surrender to authorities in New York on Friday, months after he was toppled from Hollywood’s most powerful ranks by scores of women accusing him of sexual assault, a person familiar with the case said. Actress Rose McGowan, among the first in Hollywood to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault, said in a statement on Thursday that his alleged victims were now “one step closer to justice.”

“May this give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere that are telling their truths,” she said. A former fixture in the most elite entertainment circles of Manhattan and Los Angeles, Weinstein has since been seen spending time in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the New York Times said he had been seeking treatment for sex addiction. In 2011, Brafman represented Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, over charges, which were eventually dropped, that he sexually assaulted a New York City hotel maid. Actress Ashley Judd last month sued Weinstein, saying that he cost her a part in 1998 for the film The Lord of the Rings after she rejected his sexual advances, charges that Weinstein has denied. Weinstein will be charged over an allegation by at least one accuser, Lucia Evans, a former aspiring actress who told the New Yorker that Weinstein forced her to give him oral sex in 2004, the Times and Daily News reported. The allegations, first reported by the New York Times and the New Yorker last year, gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment. Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone. KEEPING THEIR DISTANCE
Entertainment industry heavyweights have distanced themselves from Weinstein, once one of Hollywood’s most powerful men, since the accusations became public. 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. A person familiar with the case confirmed the report to Reuters on condition of anonymity. Brafman, Weinstein’s lawyer, is known for representing high-profile criminal defendants, including pop star Michael Jackson and Martin Shkreli, the former drug company executive. The New York Times and other news outlets also reported Weinstein was expected to surrender. The New York Police Department and the district attorney’s office declined to comment on the case. The board of the Weinstein Co fired him and the company itself filed for bankruptcy in March. “New York, which used to have some of the shortest state of limitations for rape cases, caught up with the modern world in 2006,” said former Manhattan prosecutor Marc Scholl. Weinstein’s spokesman Juda Engelmayer and Weinstein’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman both declined to comment. Since 2006, there has been no statute of limitations in New York for rape or aggravated sex abuse in the first degree. Italian actress Asia Argento, who has accused Weinstein of raping her at the Cannes film festival in 1997 when she was 21, reacted to Thursday’s reports with a one-word Twitter post: “BOOM.” Other film stars who have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct include Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek. Crimes for which the statute had not expired on June 23, 2006, were included when the law changed, meaning crimes as early as 2001 can still be prosecuted. More than 70 women have accused the co-founder of the Miramax studio and The Weinstein Co of sexual misconduct spanning decades, including rape. The imminent criminal charging of Weinstein, which was first reported by the New York Daily News, follows a months-long investigation, including by the Manhattan district attorney’s office. “Sex assailants can no longer escape their crimes because victims were afraid to speak.”
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App The exact nature of the charges being brought by Manhattan prosecutors was unclear on Thursday afternoon. In 2017, he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presents the Oscars. Weinstein’s lawyer Brafman said in a May court filing that federal prosecutors in New York had opened a separate criminal investigation into the allegations. 2018-05-25T11:49:11+05:30″>
Updated: May 25, 2018 11:49:11 am

Harvey Weinstein allegations sparked movements like Me Too and Time’s Up.