Harvey Weinstein Charged With Rape After Handing Himself in to NYPD

Asia Argento and Rose Mc Gowan during the event organized in Rome by the feminist collective

Weinstein has been charged with rape, committing a criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct stemming from incidents with two separate women. He sought treatment for sex addiction at a facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, the New York Times reported. Weinstein surrendered his USA passport and agreed to wear a monitoring device that tracks his location, confining him to the states of NY and CT. He surrendered his passport and is court ordered to wear a Global Positioning System tracking device.

It's been almost eight months since accusations of rape, sex assault and harassment first surfaced against the 66-year-old Weinstein. The rape charge stems from an allegation by a woman who has not been publicly identified.

We stand with the courageous women who came forward against Harvey Weinstein. He carried thick books under his right arm, including biographies of Broadway musical duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and Elia Kazan, the director of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and other classic Hollywood films.

"The NYPD thanks these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice", police said in a statement.

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

"I have to admit I didn't think I would see the day that he would have handcuffs on him..." Allegations from dozens of women against the once-powerhouse producer catalyzed what became known as the #MeToo movement, a national reckoning about sexual misconduct.

"Mr. Weinstein's criminal attorneys Blair Berk and Benjamin Brafman have said that a fair investigation of the allegations of criminal wrongdoing will prove they are without merit", a spokesperson for Weinstein told the Los Angeles Times of the Los Angeles investigation. Nothing about today's proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein's position.

She added later that "this is the only movie Harvey Weinstein will be remembered for".

In front of the courthouse, Brafman said Weinstein maintains that any sexual acts were consensual, and "vigorously denied" that the women did anything against their will.

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office and police have been investigating Weinstein for months, coming under growing pressure from the Time's Up movement and Hollywood actresses to bring the disgraced producer to justice.

"We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges".

Wealth and fame can also intimidate prosecutors, many who are elected and whose careers can be made or broken by big-name cases, especially those involving sexual assault. "In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes", Argento began during her presentation of the best actress award.

Asia Argento, who like McGowan was among the first to share her story with journalists last fall said in a statement to CNN: "After decades of abusing women with impunity, finally, the beginning of the end of Harvey Weinstein's reign of terror. Had he been held accountable years ago, there would be fewer victims of his sex crimes", Harrison said.

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