It was the moment the #MeToo movement had been waiting for: Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs. And in 2013, the complaint alleges that Weinstein kept another woman "against her will in a room" where he "engaged in sexual intercourse" with her even though the woman had "clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act". Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
"We are relieved and grateful that justice is coming, but we also mourn the cases where it didn't", Evans's lawyer, Carrie Goldberg, said in a statement to The Associated Press. Weinstein had consistently denied all charged levelled against him in the past, even after he was sacked from the Weinstein Company and expelled by the Academy a year ago.
"We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges", Brafman said.
"Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell. We were just people".
Tarana Burke, the founder of the wider #MeToo movement triggered by accusations against Weinstein, told Hollywood trade publication Variety that the expected charges represent a shift in the movement to change how sexual violence is handled.
Mr Weinstein was released on a $1m bail bond. Weinstein had earlier surrendered himself to authorities.
"You sorry, Harvey?" - Shout from a throng of media as Weinstein walked into courthouse in handcuffs.
Harvey Weinstein's accusers react to his arrest
Weinstein, 66, has been accused by dozens of women of sexual misconduct and has been investigated by the New York Police Department, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, the New York Attorney General's Office, the Los Angeles Police Department and United Kingdom authorities.
The disgraced producer was spotted walking into the Manhattan police station with two books under his arm; Elia Kazan: A Biography, about the influential film and theater director from the late forties through the sixties, and Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution. McGowan also appeared on Good Morning America and Megyn Kelly Today to discuss the situation.
The charges follow a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office.
Rose McGowan, Asia Argento and other accusers have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the news that Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape after turning himself in to the police. Argento and McGowan accused Harvey Weinstein of rape a year ago and have been at the forefront of the crusade for justice against him. Weinstein was charged with first- and third-degree rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women.
In 2017, he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after racking up Oscars for a string of films that helped define independent cinema in the 1990s, including "The Crying Game", "Shakespeare in Love" and "Pulp Fiction".
But there were rumours in Hollywood for years about Weinstein's pursuit of young actresses.
Law enforcement sources tell us, the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of NY is looking to see if Weinstein violated the Mann Act. But Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. decided not to bring charges, citing a lack of evidence.
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