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Harvey Weinstein arraigned on rape, sexual assault charges in Manhattan Criminal Court

May 25, 2018

Harvey Weinstein was brought into Manhattan Criminal Court in cuffs Friday to face rape and sexual assault charges from two women.

Oscar-winner Harvey Weinstein, his face grim and his hands cuffed, was arraigned Friday on rape and sexual assault charges in a landmark #MeToo moment.

The hulking ex-Hollywood honcho flinched as a Manhattan prosecutor denounced him as a sexual predator who perversely wielded his power for sexual gratification.




“This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually,” charged Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzi-Orbon.

After the 66-year-old Weinstein was released on $1 million bail, defense attorney Benjamin Brafman insisted that his client — accused of sex crimes by dozens of women — will be cleared.

“We believe that (the charges) are not factually supported by the evidence, and that at the end of the process Mr. Weinstein will be exonerated,” said the veteran lawyer.

Weinstein, once among moviedom’s most powerful figures, was ordered to surrender his passport, wear an electronic tracker and stay within the borders of New York state and Connecticut during his humbling appearance.

He has repeatedly claimed that allegations of non-consensual sex, as made by an assortment of A-list actresses and others, were false.

The Tinseltown outcast’s arrival for the Manhattan Criminal Court hearing drew hoots from a pair of suspects locked up in the holding pens.

Harvey Weinstein appears at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday, May 25, 2018. Weinstein is charged with two counts of rape and one count of criminal sexual act. (Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)

“Oh, that’s f—ing Harvey Weinstein!” shouted one man. “Keep your head up, Harvey! Keep your head up!”

The not-so-mighty Weinstein appeared scared when the two accused perps commented on his arrival, according to a source.

“He looked like, ‘Oh, s—. Somebody’s actually talking to me that’s not a millionaire,'” the source said. Weinstein soon complained that his cuffs were too tight, whining that “I’m feeling faint,” the source added.

Weinstein earlier spent 30 minutes inside a Lower Manhattan holding cell after surrendering to police around 7:25 a.m., a source told the Daily News.

Weinstein “looked frail” as he waited 30 minutes for cops to finish the paperwork in his case, at one point sitting on the cell floor “like a skell” — a common criminal, the source added.

The suspect remained mute during his first hours as a sex crime defendant, uttering not a word as he was marched through the criminal justice system.

Weinstein was charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct involving two victims. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.

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Legal Aid attorney Sam Roberts, representing a 17-year-old suspect, griped that the teen’s court appearance was delayed for hours to accommodate Weinstein.




“The time between arrest and release was shorter than most Miramax movies,” he said.

Judge Kevin McGrath also issued an order of protection barring Weinstein from contacting the accusers: former actress Lucia Evans and a second, unidentified woman.

“This is an emotional moment,” said Carrie Goldberg, the attorney for Evans. “We are relieved and grateful that justice is coming, but we also mourn the cases where it didn’t.”

Evans told investigators that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him during a 2004 meeting in his office, sources said.

The second victim alleges that Weinstein raped her in a room on March 18, 2013, at a Doubletree Hotel on Lexington Ave. in Midtown.

“The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice,” the police said in a statement.

Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to authorities Friday morning, as the disgraced movie mogul is set to face sex assault charges.
Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to authorities Friday morning, as the disgraced movie mogul is set to face sex assault charges. (Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News)

More than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault or rape, including well-known performers including Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie.

Weinstein surrendered to police Friday morning, running a gauntlet of at least 100 reporters and photographers on his way into the NYPD’s 1st Precinct in Lower Manhattan.

It’s the same precinct where Italian actress Ambra Battilana made allegations in 2015 that Weinstein groped her — a case that disappeared when prosecutors declined to bring charges.

Flanked by his lawyer and two detectives, Weinstein emerged from a grey Toyota Four-runner.

He wore a Navy blue suit with a light blue sweater over a white shirt and carried a journal along with two books — “Elia Kazan,” about the famous movie director, and “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution.”

During his time in the precinct lockup, Weinstein flipped through the Kazan biography written by Richard Schickel, a source told the Daily News.

Just over an hour later, a handcuffed Weinstein exited in the company of two detectives. Detective needed three pairs of cuffs to secure the burly moviemaker’s hands behind his back, a police source said.

A massive media horde awaited outside the NYPD's 1st Precinct for Weinstein, who will face charges he preyed on Lucia Evans and at least one other accuser.
A massive media horde awaited outside the NYPD’s 1st Precinct for Weinstein, who will face charges he preyed on Lucia Evans and at least one other accuser. (Danny Iudici for New York Daily News)

Weinstein was fingerprinted on a “live scan” machine, a device that replaced inking the suspect’s digits.

He ignored shouted questions as he was placed in a black SUV and driven across Lower Manhattan to court, escorted by a caravan of three detective cars.

Upon arrival at the Criminal Court building, Weinstein grimaced as he exited the vehicle. A detective steered him by the elbow as more queries came from reporters.

“You sorry Harvey?” came a shouted question from the media horde. “What can you say?”

Things were no better inside the courtroom, where prosecutors detailed their case.

“Your Honor, the defendant is before the court charged with two violent B felonies for two separate forcible sexual assaults against two women,” said Illuzi-Orbon.

“Our investigation is ongoing and we have encouraged other survivors to come forward.”

Lucia Evans was a college senior when Weinstein invited her to the Miramax office, and allegedly "overpowered" her into performing oral sex, she told The New Yorker.
Lucia Evans was a college senior when Weinstein invited her to the Miramax office, and allegedly “overpowered” her into performing oral sex, she told The New Yorker. (Agaton Strom)

Prosecutors said Weinstein will pay for the cost of his round-the-clock monitoring device, and must apply in advance for permission to leave New York or Connecticut.

Illuzi-Orbon said a grand jury was hearing evidence in the case, with Brafman saying he would make a decision next week about putting Weinstein on the stand before the panel.

Brafman promised to wage a “vigorous defense” on behalf of his client.

“Mr. Weinstein intends to enter a plea of not guilty,” he said. “We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges. We believe they are constitutionally flawed.”

Asked about Weinstein, Brafman said the accused serial pervert was “feeling as well as might be expected” given the situation.

Brafman also said that Weinstein couldn’t be prosecuted for bad behavior, just for criminal behavior.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie (l. to r.) are among Weinstein's accusers.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie (l. to r.) are among Weinstein’s accusers. (Dimitrios Kambouris, Veli Gurgah, Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

“Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood. Bad behavior is not on trial here,” he said.

The arrest and public humiliation of Weinstein was cause for celebration among his accusers and their supporters. One of Weinstein’s most outspoken accusers, Rose McGowan, said Friday that it was case closed for the former powerhouse producer.

“We got you,” actress McGowan said on ABC-TV. “I have a visceral need for him to have handcuffs on.”

Organizers of the Women’s March expressed their support for the long-awaited prosecution of Weinstein.




“This is an important day in terms of visibility for all women whose lives have been devastated because of his actions,” organizers tweeted. “Toxic masculinity and misogyny can no longer be ignored.””

New Yorker writer Ronan Farrow, who wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning expose on Weinstein, said on CNN that it was an “incredible and unexpected moment. I am immensely grateful for what they have done.”

Evans told The New Yorker that she was an incoming college senior trying to break into the film business when she met Weinstein at a nightclub in 2004.

The movie mogul invited her to the Miramax office on Greenwich St. Soon after she arrived, Evans said, Weinstein pulled her head down to his crotch.

“I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,'” she told the magazine. “I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.”

Evans said the bulky Weinstein ultimately “overpowered” her. “I just sort of gave up,” she said.

Weinstein’s surrender marks the latest chapter in the stunning downfall of one of Hollywood’s most powerful figures.

His arrest was the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

With Joe Dziemianowicz




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