NEW YORK – After months of speculation, the hammer has dropped on Harvey Weinstein. The disgraced movie mogul was charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women after turning himself in to the New York City Police Department on Friday.
Harvey Weinstein Appears Before Judge
A slimmer version of Weinstein appeared before Judge Kevin McGrath with his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, at his side when the terms of bail were discussed.
Weinstein is facing an exposure of more than 37 years behind bars. As expected, his attorney told reporters outside the courthouse Weinstein “intends to enter a plea of not guilty.”
Attorney: ‘Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood’
“Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that any sexual activity he engaged in was consensual,” his lawyer said adding that bad behavior is not on trial. “Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood.”
Since charges have been formalized, prosecutors asked for Weinstein to surrender his passport while agreeing to a GPS monitoring device. He posted $1 million bail in cash, his lawyer said.
Hence, Weinstein is not allowed to travel outside of New York and Connecticut. Moreover, he will have to decide by May 30 if he will testify or not.
Weinstein smiled as he walked out of the NYPD’s 1st Precinct in handcuffs early Friday and was escorted by two officials to the courthouse.
His lawyer said the 66-year-old is doing “as well as can be expected when you are accused of a crime that you have vehemently denied having committed.”
Former Hollywood Power Broker
The former Hollywood power broker faces more than three decades in jail. The criminal sex act in the first degree charge carries the stiffest penalty of up to 25 years in jail; the first degree sexual abuse charge carries up to seven years in jail; the third degree criminal sexual act charge carries up to four years in jail and the sexual misconduct and third degree sexual abuse charges carry up to one year and three months respectively.
Furthermore, Weinstein will be required to undergo HIV testing, by law, should his victims request it.
The NYPD detailed Weinstein’s pending charges in a statement released to Fox News.
“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,” the statement said. “Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”
The Associated Press learned from an unnamed law enforcement official that the criminal sex act charges stem from a 2004 encounter between Weinstein and an aspiring actress. She has said he forced her to perform oral sex.
Moreover, the official says the rape charge relates to a woman who has not spoken publicly.
While in court Friday, prosecutors said both parties agreed to keep the anonymous victim’s name sealed under an order of protection.
Arriving at 1st Precinct
When Weinstein arrived at the precinct on Friday, he didn’t reply as staked out news crews called out his name soliciting comments. He wore a blue V-neck sweater with a blazer and dress pants as he walked inside. He also carried several books with him, one of which was “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution” by Todd S. Purdum.
More Than 80 Accusers
On Thursday, news broke that the Hollywood icon was going to face the music. Since his downfall in late 2017, he’s been spending time in a treatment facility in Arizona.
Allegations against Weinstein first came out in two bombshell reports in October, in which multiple women accused him of sexual harassment, sexual assault or rape. In total, more than 80 women have accused him of misconduct to date.