Celebrity News May 25, 2018
Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself in for Alleged Sex Crimes Against 2 Women
Disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein has surrendered to police in NYC, The New York Daily News reports.
Weinstein, 66, turned himself in early Friday morning at the 1st Precinct in Lower Manhattan.
Weinstein arrived in a gray Toyota at approximately 7:25 a.m. ET. Dressed in a black or navy blazer over a powder-blue sweater and white dress shirt, he looked resigned. He carried a journal and two books — the ironically titled "Something Wonderful," about the legacy of Broadway's Rodgers and Hammerstein, and "Elia Kazan: A Biography," about the life of the famed director who named names before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, a decision that outraged many in Hollywood at the time.
He was surrounded by his lawyer and two police detectives, who escorted him through a large crowd and into the station, where he was fingerprinted and his mug shot was taken.
The NYPD told "Extra" in a statement, "Today, at the NYPD's 1st Precinct, Harvey Weinstein was arrested, processed and charged with Rape, Criminal Sex Act, Sex Abuse and Sexual Misconduct for incidents involving two separate women. The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice. The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office."
Weinstein pleaded not guilty.
Bail was set at $1 million and Weinstein was fitted for an electronic monitoring device. He has surrendered his passport and must ask permission to leave New York or Connecticut.
He was later seen smiling as police led him out of the station in handcuffs.
Previously, TMZ had named Lucia Evans as one of the alleged victims in the case. She has accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in 2004. Evans is just one of the countless women who have come forward with sexual assault allegations against Weinstein. Some of the big Hollywood names to accuse him of sexual misconduct include Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, and Salma Hayek.
"Extra" spoke with accuser Lauren Sivan, who was one of the first women to speak out against Weinstein last year, citing an incident in a restaurant 10 years ago during which he exposed himself and pleasured himself in front of her.
She said she felt "relief" that he had been arrested, adding, “He should be in jail. For what they are accusing him of, he should be in jail. This was not a one-time thing. This wasn't a handful of women — this was 30 years of predatory behavior of destroying careers, destroying lives… he should absolutely pay for those. If it takes this one case to get him in jail, then so be it. I have a feeling there will be more charges against him.”
Asia Argento, who has accused Weinstein of rape — which he denies — wrote on Twitter:
Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell. We, the women, finally have real hope for justice. https://t.co/or8qGaNO93@AsiaArgento
Reporter Ronan Farrow, whose New Yorker piece on Weinstein followed the initial exposé in The New York Times by Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor — said on CNN of the arrest, "It's an incredible and unexpected moment. I am immensely grateful for what they have done."
In 2015, Weinstein was cleared of any charges after allegations that he inappropriately touched a model in his Tribeca office.
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Over the past few months, prosecutors in New York and L.A. have been building cases against Weinstein.
Since October, Weinstein has consistently denied the allegations.
Before turning himself in, Weinstein had been spotted enjoying lunch in Malibu on Wednesday in a photo obtained by TMZ.