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Harvey Weinstein arrives to surrender in sex assault probe

Harvey Weinstein arrives to surrender in sex assault probe Harvey Weinstein arrives to surrender in sex assault probe
Hannah Rogers | 26 May, 2018, 02:47

Harvey Weinstein surrendered himself to authorities in New York City Friday morning, walking into the First Precinct police station in Tribeca to turn himself in after dozens of women in Hollywood and beyond accused him of sexual assault or harassment.

In an earlier interview with ABC, McGowan said, in reference to the justice she and his other victims feel, "we were sentenced to a prison, we were sentenced to years of it before anybody believed us".

The allegations were in connection to at least one known accuser, Lucia Evans, who accuses Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in 2004. In October 2015, Vance Jr. declined to press charges after an investigation into whether Weinstein groped Italian model Ambra Battilana. Weinstein agreed to wear an ankle monitor and to not travel beyond NY and CT as he awaits the next phase of the criminal proceedings. Brafman also has said that Weinstein was a "principal target" of an investigation being conducted by the US attorney's office in Manhattan. He carried thick books under his right arm, including what appeared to be biographies of Broadway musical legends Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and Elia Kazan, the director of such classic Hollywood films as "On the Waterfront".

She added that seeing him in handcuffs, despite the fact he could be seen smiling, is "a very good feeling".

The Manhattan district attorney's office decided not to charge him in the case.

Defense attorney Ben Brafman told reporters that Weinstein would plead not guilty and that his client denied any non-consensual sexual activity.

When she got there, Weinstein appeared; Evans recalled the assault, "I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't.' I tried to get away, but maybe I didn't try hard enough".

Weinstein was charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct. Argento and McGowan accused Harvey Weinstein of rape a year ago and have been at the forefront of the crusade for justice against him. "This is a big strike into the heart of abuse of power".

Harvey Weinstein arrives to surrender in sex assault probe

Last fall, Evans went public with claims that Weinstein had sexually assaulted her in his office in 2004.

Miramax, the company he founded with his brother, Bob, helped reinvent independent film, with hits like "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love".

Police in Los Angeles and London have also been investigating reports filed against Weinstein by multiple women.

His travel will be restricted and he will surrender his passport, The New York Times reported.

Federal prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into Weinstein's alleged sex crimes, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week.

Brafman said in a May court filing that federal prosecutors in NY had opened a separate criminal investigation into the allegations.

The charges might not be the only ones Weinstein faces. His past clients include former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who escaped criminal prosecution for alleged sexual assault in 2011.

It was unclear whether NY prosecutors would seek to have other Weinstein accusers testify against him. She also reps actress Paz de la Huerta, another Weinstein survivor.

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