Harvey Weinstein Arrested, Charged with Rape and Sexual Assault

Harvey Weinstein Arrested, Charged with Rape and Sexual Assault

A statement from the New York Police Department said Mr Weinstein "was arrested, processed and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women".

Harvey Weinstein was taken into custody on Friday morning in NY, where he plead not guilty to rape and other sex crime charges filed by the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

According to the BBC News, more than 70 women have accused Mr Weinstein of sexual misconduct although the charges relate to only two of them.

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.

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Mr Brafman, one of the most experienced and aggressive trial lawyers in NY, said he meant to cross-examine the women who had accused Weinstein and that a 12-person jury would find him not guilty - if a "fair-minded" jury could be assembled.

"Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that any sexual activity he engaged in was consensual", Brafman told reporters outside of court. Brafman says Weinstein vehemently denies the charges and will fight to get them dismissed.

Prosecutors said the former movie mogul "used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually". The NYPD did the same, stating it "thanks these courageous survivors who have come forward".

Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to rape charges after turning himself in to authorities in NY on Friday, May 25.

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Authorities in California and London are also investigating assault allegations.

Brafman said Weinstein may be guilty of bad behavior but not criminal conduct, adding his client did not invent the casting couch.it's been around for a long time.

The actress Rose McGowan, who accused Mr Weinstein of rape, told the BBC it was an "amazing day for his survivors".

Just last week, actress Asia Aregento spoke about what she says was her experience with Weinstein at the Cannes Film Festival. They came forward in the wake of a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape of Trump released in October 2016 that caught him saying on a hot mic: "And when you're a star, they let you do it". Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. He agreed to not leave the New York State or CT without court permission, and has also agreed to wear a Global Positioning System tracking device.

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"One of the hardest conversations I had over and over again with these fearless women was that in addition to the sacrifice they were making in telling this story, they didn't think they would ever be heard if they did take that leap, let alone to see actual accountability", he said. The charges happening all these years later, but NY did away with the statute of limitations for adult rape cases in 2006. "Twenty years ago, I swore that I would right this wrong", McGowan said.

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