Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Weinstein hands himself over to NYPD carrying a book on Broadway

Weinstein hands himself over to NYPD carrying a book on Broadway

Almost 100 women have now accused Weinstein of crimes ranging from sexual harassment to assault and rape going back decades. The criminal sex act charge is believed to stem from the 2004 incident involving Lucia Evans, who claims Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a casting call. He has been charged with first-degree rape and third-degree rape in one case and first-degree criminal sex act in another; he has since posted $1 million bail and agreed to wear a monitoring device.

Harvey Weinstein arriving at a police precinct in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood in Manhattan on Friday.

Earlier, he entered a police station carrying books that harkened to his show business roots: one on the Broadway songwriting team of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and another about famed film director Elia Kazan. The New York Police Department, which made the arrest, told Yahoo Entertainment: "The NYPD does not release the mugshot of anyone arrested in New York City".

"Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein".

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.

The 44-year-old was one of the first women to accuse Weinstein of rape.

After surrendering to NY police Friday morning, a handcuffed Weinstein entered a Manhattan courthouse where he gave up his passport and agreed to wear an ankle monitor, Variety magazine reports.

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 board of the Weinstein Co fired him and the company filed for bankruptcy in March.

Law enforcement sources tell us, the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of NY is looking to see if Weinstein violated the Mann Act.

Film producer Harvey Weinstein leaves criminal court following his arraignment in Manhattan in NY, U.S., May 25, 2018. Weinstein is also barred from traveling anywhere outside of NY and CT.

"We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges", Mr Brafman said.

The "Jawbreaker" star believes that Weinstein may still be pulling some strings, noting that he turned himself in on the Friday before Memorial Day, "a slow news weekend", and said that she "absolutely, completely" believes that Manhattan DA Cy Vance may not have pursued charges against Weinstein had he not allegedly been shamed into doing so.

Authorities in California and London are also investigating assault allegations. Then just before 9 AM, he left the station in handcuffs, and appeared at a Manhattan courthouse with his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, where he surrendered his passport and sat silently while prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon stated that he used his, "position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually".

She was among the first women to speak out about the producer and has confirmed to The New Yorker to be pressing charges.

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