Harvey Weinstein still plans to plea "not guilty" after receiving rape charges

Harvey Weinstein still plans to plea

Harvey Weinstein still plans to plea "not guilty" after receiving rape charges

The New York Police Department announced in a brief statement he was "arrested, processed and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women".

Watching the stunning images of Harvey Weinstein walking into a courthouse Friday in handcuffs, a detective on each arm, Louisette Geiss still felt a shiver of fear in reaction to the man who, she says, once cornered her and tried to physically force her to watch him masturbate.

Dozens of women continued to speak out, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne, Salma Hayek and Lupita N'yongo, who brought attention to the conspiracy of silence surrounding Weinstein. Weinstein is accused of confining her in a Manhattan hotel room and raping her in 2013, according to a court complaint.

Lucia Evans told The New Yorker in a story published in October that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a daytime meeting at his New York office in 2004, the summer before her senior year at Middlebury College. He has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

A jury would not believe the women, Brafman said, "assuming we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case".

Some of the other women, including actresses who say they faced intimidation, reprisal and career consequences from the mogul, responded with both surprise and relief at his arrest. "What took you so long Harvey?" the actress, 42, wrote.

It's expected that Weinstein's bond will be set at $2 million, CNN reports.

As he surrendered, Weinstein found himself surrounded by lights and cameras in a spectacle he couldn't control. One reporter shouted "You sorry, Harvey?"

Weinstein, 66, surrendered Friday at the New York City Police Department's 1st Precinct in Lower Manhattan.

Actress Rose Mc Gowan speaks at the inaugural Women's Convention in Detroit
Actress Rose Mc Gowan speaks at the inaugural Women's Convention in Detroit

The Kazan biography is particularly on-the-nose for the voracious reader. The most serious rape charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

In response, Rose McGowan, one of the many women to have accused Weinstein of rape, said in a statement on her Instagram, "I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein's survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law".

After getting a standing ovation from Kelly's studio crowd, McGowan, who was one of Weinstein's earliest, best known accusers, described her morning as "surreal" adding, "It's real".

In 2017, he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after racking up Oscars for a string of films that helped define independent cinema in the 1990s, including "The Crying Game", "Shakespeare in Love" and "Pulp Fiction".

He turned himself in Friday at a New York City police station.

Vance made the decision even though he had a covert police recording of Weinstein telling Gutierrez he would not do it again.

The investigation is being run by the U.S. District Attorney's Office in the Southern District of NY.

Louise Godbold was one of dozens of actresses, models and ex-employees who went public past year with bombshell allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

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