Weinstein charged with rape, sex crime in New York

Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to Rape in New York

Weinstein was met by dozens of photographers and camera crews as he walked into a New York City police station to be charged with two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sexual act involving two unidentified women.

While appearing on CNN on Friday, journalist Ronan Farrow, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on Weinstein's many years of alleged blackmail and sexual misconduct, praised Weinstein's arrest, calling it an "incredible and unexpected moment".

According to an earlier CBS News report, one woman, actress Lucia Evans - who went public with her accusations in an article written by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker in October 2017 - told investigators that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him during a business meeting in 2004. "Nothing about today's proceedings changes Mr Weinstein's position", Brafman said in a statement released to CBS News.

The case was adjourned to Jul 30.

At a press conference outside the courthouse, Weinstein's attorney Ben Brafman said he will enter a plea of not guilty and move to dismiss charges, repeating that Weinstein, as he has said before, denies all nonconsensual sexual activity.

"We believe they (the charges) are constitutionally flawed, we believe they are not factually supported by the evidence, and we believe that at the end of the process, Mr. Weinstein will be exonerated".

A statement from the NYPD - which has worked with the DA office on the case - also thanked "these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".

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Authorities opened investigation into Weinstein's conduct.

Weinstein faces rape and criminal sex act charges. Actor Rose McGowan said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah, "Sopranos" actor Annabella Sciorra said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992 and Norwegian actor Natassia Malthe said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008.

Still she said "this is a big strike into the heart of abuse of power".

In light of the accusations, Mr Weinstein checked himself into rehab in Arizona, where he has been seeking treatment for sex addiction.

'He never thought he'd have handcuffs on him, he never thought this day of reckoning would come for him. The official says the rape charge relates to a woman who has not spoken publicly or been identified. He consented to electric monitoring and is banned from traveling outside of NY or CT. The charges happening all these years later, but NY did away with the statute of limitations for adult rape cases in 2006. "Had he been held accountable years ago, there would be fewer victims of his sex crimes", Harrison said. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

"I can say this, the man who pinned me down had handcuffs on him today", she told NBC's Megyn Kelly in an interview shortly after the arrest.

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