JUST IN: Harvey Weinstein was just led out of a NYPD precinct in handcuffs. The disgraced Hollywood producer turned himself in this morning, charged with rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women https://t.co/zMCnykf1yc pic.twitter.com/QbUJlDmvRL
— CNN (@CNN) May 25, 2018
After months of lead up and years of investigation, Harvey Weinstein has been formally charged with two counts of rape and one count of “criminal sexual act in the first degree”. The latter charge is in regards to Lucia Evans who Weinstein forced to perform oral sex on him in 2004. Weinstein was arraigned in New York City with a $10 million dollar bond. Weinstein posted a $1 million dollar bond of it with a cashiers check and was ordered to surrender his passport and be outfitted with a GPS device so that he would be unable to leave New York.
Weinstein’s lawyer said that his client plans to pleads not guilty (good luck…), and blamed in part the #MeToo movement that his client helped start, saying — “we [can] get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case”. The lawyer made no reference to the fact that his client’s behavior helped begin the movement to begin with, which truly makes that comment fairly asinine.
The Harvey Weinstein courtroom sketch artist is my new favorite artist pic.twitter.com/pR8xknJBwU
— Orli Matlow* (@HireMeImFunny) May 25, 2018
Indeed, the initial uncovering of the crimes of Harvey Weinstein by Ronan Farrow and the New York Times were the beginning of the #MeToo movement, as women came forward describing their own experiences with sexual assault, sexual harassment, and rape. The new cultural understanding was not to stay silent about the poor behavior of powerful men, and since then, hundreds of men have been outed, including John Lassetter, Louis C.K., Al Franken, Matt Lauer, Jeffrey Tambor, Kevin Spacey and countless others. Weinstein’s arrest today is an important step forward as the sexual criminals in question face justice that goes beyond public shaming.
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