Weinstein formally charged with rape, posts $1 million bail

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Police said he was "arrested, processed and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct". He was arraigned later that morning, and was charged with rape in the first degree for two alleged incidences involving two different women in 2013 and 2014. "We, the women, finally have real hope for justice".

Speaking in court, Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, a Manhattan assistant attorney, said Weinstein used " his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually".

Evans' allegations added to those of dozens of other women, who claimed that Weinstein had engaged in a vast range of sexual misconduct dating back almost four decades, ranging from inappropriate touching to incidents of rape.

Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

The charges come seven months after scathing details of Weinstein's alleged sexual abuse of a slew of women emerged in separate reports by the New Yorker and New York Times. When asked if she could say something to Weinstein at that moment, McGowan simply said, "We got you". Bail was set at $1 million cash with a $10 million bond alternative. His bail was set at $10 million, and he paid a $1 million cashiers check to post bail, while also surrendering his passport and agreeing to the judge that he would not travel outside of NY state and CT without permission from the judge, and also agreed to wear a Global Positioning System tracking device.

Weinstein earlier turned himself in at a lower Manhattan police station around 7:25 a.m. EDT (1125 GMT).

Weinstein entered a not guilty plea and "expects to be fully exonerated", Brafman added.

His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said Friday that he would fight to get the charges dismissed.

"I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, '" she told the magazine.

Asia Argento has also had her say, as she shared a video of the news breaking along with the caption: 'This is the only movie Harvey Weinstein will be remembered for #perpwalk'.

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Until the public accusations, Weinstein was among the most influential people in the American film industry.

No charges have been filed against Weinstein in Los Angeles as of Friday.

In 2017, Weinstein was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Companies he co-founded, Miramax and the Weinstein Co., were behind such hits as Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love and The King's Speech.

"That is the $64,000 question", said Gerald Lefcourt, one of Brafman's peers among NY defence lawyers.

But Belloni said it was "notoriously difficult" to get a conviction in sexual assault cases, and it may depend on how many women will be allowed to tell their story in court.

Prosecutors in the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., conducted dozens of interviews in NY and elsewhere and issued hundreds of subpoenas, and their inquiry is not over. The district attorney said his decision was based on the merits of the case.

In March, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the extraordinary step of ordering the state's attorney general to investigate whether Vance acted properly in 2015 when he decided not to prosecute Weinstein over a previous allegation of unwanted groping, made by an Italian model.

The New York charges mark the second high-profile prosecution of a once-powerful show business personality in the #MeToo era.

"The first Bill Cosby trial ended in a mistrial".

Cosby's conviction followed a mistrial previous year on the same charges. It was unclear whether prosecutors would seek to have other Weinstein accusers testify against him in court.

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