Harvey Weinstein released on $1m bail over rape and abuse charges

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Weinstein turned himself in to the New York Police Department and was charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse, and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women.

Harvey Weinstein's arrest Friday - seven months after women began publicly accusing him of sexual misconduct - was well documented by photographers. The charges stem from complaints by two women and cover alleged assaults that occurred in 2004 and 2013. Evans said of her decision to press charges, "At a certain point, you have to think about the greater good of humanity, of womankind".

More than 100 women have since accused Weinstein of crimes ranging from sexual harassment to assault and rape going back 40 years.

The new cases which are brought to light every day would not have been possible without the seeds sown by #MeToo, however, they are also suggestive of the continued and widespread prevalence of sexual abuse and harassment against women in all walks of life. There, a judge set bail at $1 million cash or $10 million bond and assigned Weinstein to wear a monitoring device that he must pay for himself.

The disgraced producer was spotted walking into the Manhattan police station with two books under his arm; Elia Kazan: A Biography, about the influential film and theater director from the late forties through the sixties, and Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution.

About 90 minutes later, he was led by officers into court in handcuffs, grimacing with his head bowed.

Harvey Weinstein leaves the First Precinct police station in New York City, May 25, 2018.

Brafman, Weinstein's lawyer, told reporters outside the court that his client will enter a plea of "not guilty" to the charges.

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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".

Former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been charged in NY with rape and several counts of sexual abuse stemming from two separate accusers.

Actress Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of raping her at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, said she was "shocked".

"A year ago, no one would have dreamed he would be taken down by a group of fed up women who were screaming the truth, but never listened to", Sivan said, speaking with Variety the same day as Weinstein's arrest.

After the accusations became public, entertainment industry heavyweights distanced themselves from Weinstein.

They are the first criminal charges against the twice-married, shamed former titan, who already faces a slew of civil lawsuits, is reportedly under federal investigation and whose former studio has filed for bankruptcy. Companies he co-founded, Miramax and the Weinstein Co., were behind such hits as Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love and The King's Speech. - Investigative journalist Jodi Kantor, part of the team for The New York Times that broke the Weinstein story, via Twitter.

The statute of limitations for rape and certain other sex crimes in NY was eliminated in 2006, but not for attacks that happened prior to 2001.

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