Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Movie mogul Weinstein handcuffed in court to face sex crime charges

Harvey Weinstein at the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi UAE Harvey Weinstein at the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi UAE
Melody Ballard | 31 May, 2018, 20:02

Weinstein raised his eyebrows as he heard it. This was reported by the American media, his lawyer Benjamin Brafman. "He'll put up a million dollars in cash and agree to wear a monitoring device, according to law enforcement officials".

Disgraced Hollywood powerbroker Harvey Weinstein was arrested and charged Friday with rape and sex crimes on two women, almost eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of assault accusations that triggered the global #MeToo movement. Weinstein mildly shook his head and softly said "no".

Dozens of other big names in the entertainment industry have since been accused of sexual misconduct, including Louis CK, R. Kelly and most recently, Morgan Freeman.

The woman, Lucia Evans, (LOO'-sha) was among the first to speak out about the film producer.

The charges follow a flood of accusations against Weinstein that led women around the world to come forward with accounts of being sexually harassed by powerful men.

Harvey Weinstein at Cannes in France, May 25, 2017.

"Weinstein has denied any non-consensual sex and has reportedly been in treatment for sex addiction"'.

Evans confirmed to The New Yorker that she was pressing charges.

Godbold went public with a partial account of her encounters with Weinstein when allegations were first published in the New York Times in October. "I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, '" she claimed.

"Now, I think the attack is going to begin", she said in an interview with the Associated Press. But Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. decided not to bring charges, citing a lack of evidence.

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Weinstein is under criminal investigation in New York, Los Angeles and London. That investigation is in its preliminary stages. Several actresses and models accused him of criminal sexual assaults, but numerous encounters happened too long ago for any prosecution.

Actress Rose McGowan, who was among the first to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault, said: "I actually did not believe this day would come".

McGowan paused, thought about it, and said "We got you". Because it's all true.

She also says her "brave and attractive client has sacrificed her privacy and peace to come forward" and asks that she be left alone.

There is no statute of limitations for such crimes in NY.

Even in a Hollywood where some film producers have long enjoyed outsized power, Weinstein stood out as someone who could make or destroy careers — a factor that kept many of his accusers, and people aware of his problematic conduct with women, from speaking out.

Godbold, now 55, said her cellphone lit up with messages from other alleged victims with Friday's developments, and "We're all elated".

The numerous allegations against Weinstein stretching back years have been credited as a catalyst for the #MeToo movement, which has helped expose the magnitude of sexual harassment, abuse and assault faced by women in nearly every facet of society and the workplace. Britain has no statute of limits on rape cases; some of the allegations under investigation there date to the 1980s.

In February 2018, The Weinstein Company, which was co-founded by Weinstein filed for bankruptcy following a last-ditch deal failed.

They continued to work for the firm until 2005 when they quit to set up the Weinstein Company, which spawned hits including The King's Speech, Django Unchained and Silver Linings Playbook.

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