Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, sex crimes involving two women

Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, sex crimes involving two women

Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, sex crimes involving two women

Shira Scheindlin, a former NY federal judge now in private practice, said the defence will become even more hard if the judge allows testimony of women other than the accusers as evidence Weinstein had a pattern of conduct.

Weinstein faces rape and criminal sex act charges.

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

However, they will know Mr Weinstein isn't going down without a fight. That's not what this is about.

Film producer Harvey Weinstein leaves the 1st Precinct in Manhattan in NY on May 25, 2018.

"This is an emotional moment", her lawyer, Carrie Golberg, said in a statement.

New York City police have also been investigating allegations by Boardwalk Empire actress Paz de la Huerta, who told police last fall that Weinstein raped her twice in 2010.

The allegations against Weinstein sparked the #MeToo movement and a nationwide discussion about sexual assault and harassment, compelling women and men to come forward with their own accusations against other prominent figures.

"I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, '" she told the magazine. The board of the Weinstein Co fired him and the company filed for bankruptcy in March.


The charges followed a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office. We believe that they are constitutionally flawed. Bail was set at $1 million cash with a $10 million bond alternative. "I think he is conscious of those considerations and will be able to strike the right tone", said Lefcourt.

"We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges". One of them, former aspiring actress Lucia Evans, says Weinstein invited her to his Miramax office, where he physically overpowered her and forced her to perform oral sex.

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

The Manhattan district attorney's office and NY police have investigated Weinstein for months, coming under growing pressure from the Time's Up movement to bring the disgraced producer to justice.

Film producer Harvey Weinstein leaves the New York Police Department's 1st Precinct in Manhattan in New York May 25, 2018. "He has entered a plea of Not Guilty and fully expects to be exonerated", Brafman said.

The rape charges involve a woman who has not come forward publicly.

Sources said Weinstein will be charged with first and third-degree rape related to one case and criminal sex act related to another. He must wear an ankle bracelet and can only travel within the NY or CT.

A month ago, comedian Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a onetime friend, one of dozens of women who have accused him of sexual misconduct. Weinstein has denied wrongdoing, asserting that he believes any sexual encounters he engaged in were consensual.

The New York Police Department issued a statement thanking "these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".

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