The same morning disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein turned himself into police in New York City, he was arraigned on rape and sexual misconduct charges in a Manhattan courtroom.
Weinstein, 66, was charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct on Friday morning.
"This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually," Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said in court, as Weinstein flinched, the Associated Press reported. A judge released Weinstein on $1 million bail. He will be wearing an electronic monitoring device and cannot go beyond New York State or Connecticut.
His charges are in connection with two alleged encounters with two separate women. Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex with women. Police have not identified the women.
However, one of the women could be actress Lucia Evans who told The New Yorker last year that she is pressing charges against Weinstein after he allegedly forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Miramax office in Manhattan in 2004.
The charges come from an investigation headed by the Manhattan district attorney's office. Their office and federal authorities have been investigating Weinstein since the start of 2018, according to The Associated Press.
"We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity,” Actress Rose McGowan said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “ I stand with my fellow survivors. May this give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere that are telling their truths.”
After initial reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker about Weinstein's abuses last year, over 75 of women, including acclaimed actresses McGowan, Ashley Judd, Asia Argento and Paz de la Huerta, have accused him of sexual misconduct, and in some cases rape.
Weinstein was spotted carrying a stack of books after turning himself into police, including "Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution," and "Elia Kazan.”
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