Harvey Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe

Harvey Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe

Harvey Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to police Friday morning in New York City. Al Franken, chef Mario Batali, casino magnate Steve Wynn and, most recently, Democratic New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Last Saturday, during the closing ceremony of the Cannes film festival, the Italian actress Asia Argento, became a leading figure of the #MeToo, had denounced loudly and Weinstein, claiming that he had raped during the 1997 edition of the festival.

Despite Weinstein being released on bail, and despite his lawyer saying he plans on pleading guilty, women around the world should be proud of the movement they created, as it ultimately led to the arrest of this man.

Allegations against Weinstein, long whispered in the industry, first came to public light in October, when a New York Times story reported that he had sexually harassed female assistants, executives and actresses for decades, settling legal complaints made by at least eight women.

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They mark the first criminal charges against the twice-married, shamed former titan faces criminal charges, despite being hit by a slew of civil lawsuits and reportedly being under federal investigation.

A judge agreed to release Weinstein on $1 million bail, with constant electronic monitoring and a ban on travelling beyond NY and CT.

Evans' allegations added to those of dozens of other women, who claimed that Weinstein had engaged in a vast range of sexual misconduct dating back almost four decades, ranging from inappropriate touching to incidents of rape.

Weinstein has consistently denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex.

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"His face has terrorized me for so long", she said.

A law enforcement official says Harvey Weinstein will face criminal sex act and rape charges in a NY court.

The other charge relates to a woman who has not been identified and who may choose to remain anonymous. "I don't think the Weinstein Effect could have happened without the Trump Effect first, and the massive women's marches and the protests". She is not one of the victims in the case on Friday; hers was still pending, officials said.

Weinstein surrendered to police early Friday and is expected set to appear in court later in the day. His lawyer has called the allegations "entirely without merit".

Two law enforcement officials say the charges are related to a former actress, Lucia (LOO'-sha) Evans, who says Weinstein assaulted her in 2004.

The outpouring saw people around the world come forward with cases of sexual mistreatment, leading to resignations and sackings of powerful men across industries, and the disgrace of Oscar victor Kevin Spacey.

The two officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the investigation.

Evans, who is now a marketing consultant, didn't report the incident to police at the time, telling The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow that she blamed herself for not fighting back.

Gayle Goldin, a state legislator in Rhode island who's been campaigning against sexual misconduct, said multiple factors - aside from the Trump Effect - distinguished the Weinstein case from previous cases involving high-profile men.

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