Harvey Weinstein Surrenders Over Sexual Misconduct Charges

Leigh Mccormick
May 25, 2018

"This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually", prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said at Weinstein's arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.

He carried thick books under his right arm, including what appeared to be biographies of the Broadway musical duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and Elia Kazan, the director of such classic Hollywood films as On the Waterfront and A Streetcar Named Desire. "We were just people".

"I have a few words to tell you". As journalist Ronan Farrow reported in The New Yorker a year ago, Evans alleges that in 2004, Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him after luring her into a hotel room alone under false pretenses.

Once one of the most powerful men in the film industry, Weinstein had always been rumored to have engaged in sexual misconduct - but it was not until reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker surfaced decades' worth of sexual assault and harassment allegations that the producer experienced his precipitate fall from grace last autumn.

"You sorry, Harvey?" came a shout from a throng of media as the once powerful movie mogul walked into a lower Manhattan courthouse, his head bowed with the cuffs behind his back.

More than 50 women, including stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie, accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, which the former has denied.

Accused of rape, Harvey Weinstein has turned himself into authorities.

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Brafman said in a May court filing that federal prosecutors in NY had opened a separate criminal investigation into the allegations. She was among the first women to speak out about the producer.

Today, AP employs the latest technology to collect and distribute content - we have daily uploads covering the latest and breaking news in the world of politics, sport and entertainment. Evans has not responded to any of CNN's requests for comment since first speaking out about Weinstein in the New Yorker last fall. If convicted on the most serious charges, Weinstein could face between five and 25 years in prison. First-degree rape is a class B felony in NY state and carries a sentence of 5 to 25 years in prison.

Miramax, the company he founded with his brother, Bob, in 1979 helped reinvent independent cinema with hits like "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love". Some women's groups, including the Hollywood activist group Time's Up, accused the Democrat of being too deferential to Weinstein and too dismissive of his accusers. Several actresses and models accused him of criminal sexual assault, but numerous encounters happened too long ago for any prosecution.

The charges follow a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office.

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".

Weinstein is also under investigation for alleged sex crimes in Los Angeles and London. They include TV hosts Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, comedian Louis C.K, Democratic U.S. Sen.

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