Rose McGowan on Harvey Weinstein Arrest

Harvey Weinstein Has Been Arrested and Charged

Weinstein, 66, was charged with rape, criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct for cases involving two women.

Getty As Weinstein turns himself in to the NYPD, dozens of Weinstein's victims watch anxiously as their alleged rapist is finally brought to justice.

Rose McGowan, another one of of Weinstein's accusers, said she wanted to see Weinstein behind bars because "we were sentenced to a prison, we were sentenced to years of it before anybody believed us..."

Weinstein has repeatedly denied accusations of non-consensual sex. They were not reported to the police at the time these events occurred and I anticipate that the women who have made these allegations, when subjected to cross-examination - in the event we even get that far - that the charges will not be believed by 12 people, assuming we get 12 fair people, who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case.

Besides the immediate satisfaction of seeing Weinstein face justice, McGowan said she firmly believes that his story, and the cultural natural disaster that followed, will have a profound and lasting impact on how society treats powerful abusers who engage in sexual misconduct.

Brafman, he said, believes his client will be exonerated. 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.

A judge is expected to release him on bail, according to media reports. The grand jury is still hearing evidence in his case. He had turned himself in at a police precinct earlier Friday.

"You sorry, Harvey?" came a shout from a throng of media as the once powerful movie mogul walked into a lower Manhattan courthouse in handcuffs, his head bowed. Asked "What can you say?" he mildly shook his head and softly said "No".

These are the first criminal charges against Mr Weinstein, who already faces a raft of civil lawsuits.

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A smirking and handcuffed Weinstein was led from the precinct house past a phalanx of photographers and into an unmarked police SUV for the short ride to the courthouse for his arraignment. The rape charge was comes from an incident with a woman who has not been publicly identified. With his arm held by a detective, Weinstein was brought in a back entrance of the courtroom and walked in a half-circle; he dazedly looked around the room and appeared to mouth the word "wow" as he entered.

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that the criminal sex act charge stems from a 2004 encounter between Weinstein and Lucia Evans, a then-aspiring actress who has said the Hollywood mogul forced her to perform oral sex on him in his office.

"This is an emotional moment".

London's Metropolitan Police and Los Angeles prosecutors have said they are reviewing accusations of sexual assault against him.

Weinstein surrendered to police after the Manhattan District Attorney's office and NYPD's months-long investigation into allegations of sexual abuse. We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity. "The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office".

Harvey Weinstein has surrendered to police in NY to face charges in two cases of sexual misconduct. Another aspiring actress, Mimi Haleyi, said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in his NY apartment in 2006. On Thursday, eight women accused Morgan Freeman of unwanted touching and harassment, which has caused Visa to suspend its marketing campaigns with the actor. Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein started his now-bankrupt company after leaving Miramax, the company they founded in 1979 and which became a powerhouse in '90s indie film with hits like "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love".

Mr Weinstein was sacked past year from his production firm, the Weinstein Company, which later filed for bankruptcy. That's common at this stage in a criminal case in NY.

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".

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