Harvey Weinstein's accusers react to his arrest

Harvey Weinstein's accusers react to his arrest

But Weinstein's business was based in NY and many of his accusers said the incidents took place at Weinstein's Tribeca headquarters or in the surrounding area.

Will Weinstein face further criminal charges?

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The charges stem from encounters with two of the dozens of women - some famous, some not - who have accused him of sexual misdeeds.

Once inside, Weinstein was charged with one count each of first- and third-degree rape, as well as first-degree criminal sex act.

The charges follow a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office.

Lucia Evans, a onetime aspiring actress who has said Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 2004 at his Manhattan office, told the New Yorker on Thursday that she was pressing charges against Weinstein, saying: "At a certain point, you have to think about the greater good of humanity, of womankind".

Still, it was not a simple story.

Standing alongside his defense attorney, Weinstein looked glum during a brief arraignment, agreeing to post bail at $1 million cash, surrender his passport and be fitted with a Global Positioning System monitoring device.

His lawyer Benjamin Brafman said outside court that Weinstein meant to plead not guilty to the charges. "I thank the fearless survivors who have come forward, and my office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation".

Brafman said he had been speaking to Weinstein about 20 times each day and said he was, at times, "lonely and angry".

Numerous other media and entertainment figures accused of harassment or sexual misdeeds have avoided prosecution. And in 2015, an Italian model went to New York City police and accused him of groping her during a meeting.

Convicting Weinstein this time may be a tall order.

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". "Because one win is a win for all of us". "I loved my life", she said.

Attorneys for Weinstein have already made that argument.

The former Hollywood big began complaining shortly after being thrown into a holding cell in Manhattan court in the morning, sources said.

"My job is to defend something that is criminal behavior", he said. "These cases must be prosecuted". A jury could not reach a verdict last summer when only two accusers were allowed to testify. He must wear an ankle bracelet and can only travel within the NY or CT.

"We know that he has high-powered lawyers, that he's not above employing very dubious methods to extract information", she said. Creative Artists Agency, a major talent firm, has since said in a statement, "We apologize to any person the agency let down".

Others who have faced allegations, such as actors James Franco and Jeffrey Tambor, remain in a kind of professional limbo, not blacklisted from the industry but not exactly welcome. In the absence of criminal charges, Hollywood has taken on a quasi-judicial role.

Other actresses who have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct include Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek.

First at Miramax Films, and then the Weinstein Co., Harvey Weinstein was considered a pioneer in the field of Oscar campaigning, in a way that both won accolades and, during his heyday, had high-profile talent flocking to work with him.

As we reported, Weinstein will turn himself in today on state sexual assault charges. Under his arm were three books, one of which was a biography of the controversial producer and director Elia Kazan.

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