Harvey Weinstein turned himself over and was arrested by New York City detectives on Friday morning. He faces charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him.
At approximately 7:30 a.m., he walked slowly into a police station house in Lower Manhattan. He was flanked by several detectives. Weinstein was holding three large books under his right arm. He didn’t say a word as a crush of reporters and onlookers yelled, “Harvey!”
95 Women Have Accused Weinstein
There are now 95 women who have accused the Hollywood mogul of inappropriate sexual misconduct. This is the first time Weinstein has faced criminal charges.
He was processed at the station house, the First Police Precinct, and will be arraigned in court on charges of first-degree rape and third-degree rape in one case, and first-degree criminal sex act in another, according to law enforcement officials.
The criminal sex act charge stems from an encounter with Lucia Evans. She told the police and The New Yorker that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him during a casting meeting at the Miramax office in TriBeCa.
The victim in the rape case has not been publicly identified.
Weinstein has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting movie stars and employees of his former namesake company over the course of decades. He allegedly paid them or coerced them to stay silent.
Weinstein Denies Nonconsensual Sex
Weinstein continues to deny any allegations of “nonconsensual sex.” He will put up a bail of $1 million in cash and will agree to wear a monitoring device. His travel will be restricted and he will surrender his passport.
An investigative grand jury will look into other sexual assault allegations against Weinstein as well as possible financial crimes relating to how he paid women to stay silent.
The grand jury is looking into whether Weinstein used employees of his former production company to identify women for him to assault, to set up meetings with the women or to discredit them if they complained.