Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Harvey Weinstein Prosecutors Eyeing Obscure Law in Investigation

Harvey Weinstein Prosecutors Eyeing Obscure Law in Investigation

Once the most powerful man in Hollywood, disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein surrendered himself to NY police Friday morning, a watershed moment for the Me Too movement catalyzed last fall by the countless women who came forward with sexual harassment and assault allegations against him.

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. In another case, involving a woman who has not been named, Weinstein faces charges that include first-degree rape.

Film producer Harvey Weinstein leaves the 1st Precinct in Manhattan in NY on May 25, 2018. I stand with my fellow survivors. But Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. decided not to bring charges, citing a lack of evidence. "He has entered a plea of not guilty and fully expects to be exonerated".

Revelations in The New York Times and The New Yorker in the fall spurred official inquiries in New York, Los Angeles and London.

Weinstein has said repeatedly through his lawyers that he did not have nonconsensual sex with anyone. "There will always be sociopaths and predators like Harvey Weinstein, but I find his complicity machine much more guilty".

"The next process will be for court appearances and ultimately for some sort of evidenciary hearing to be set down whether it's a trial or preliminary inquiry", explains NEWS 1130 Legal Analyst Michael Shapray.

Scores of women have come forward to say Weinstein sexually abused and harassed them over the last three decades. Weinstein raised his eyebrows as he heard it. 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.

The New York Police Department issued a statement thanking "these courageous survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".

The NYPD and the Manhattan district attorney obviously believe they have a case.

He appeared in court later and was charged with assaulting Lucia Evans, who told investigators he forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004. Britain has no statute of limits on rape cases; some of the allegations under investigation there date to the 1980s. "We, the women, finally have real hope for justice" - Weinstein accuser Asia Argento, via Twitter. Weinstein's attorney Benjamin Brafman stated in a news conference that they, "intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges".

Asked about the raft of other allegations against Weinstein, Mr Brafman said the case was a question of crime, not bad behavior. Nothing about today's proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein's position. Allegations from dozens of women against the once-powerhouse producer catalyzed what became known as the #MeToo movement, a national reckoning about sexual misconduct. "We were just people".

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