Harvey Weinstein will not go down without a fight

Eloise Marshall
May 26, 2018

Rose McGowan, one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, can't believe he's finally being charged with rape.

McGowan expressed her appreciation of Weinstein accuser Lucia Evans, who alleged that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004.

To be sure, there was plenty of satisfaction and relief among the scores of Weinstein accusers as the disgraced mogul, who has consistently denied allegations of nonconsensual sex, was arraigned sex charges involving two women, including one rape count.

The reports surfaced with the Manhattan District Attorney's office and NY police department have been investigating Weinstein for months.

Earlier, he entered a police station carrying books that harkened to his show business roots: one on the Broadway songwriting team of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and another about famed film director Elia Kazan.

Judge Kevin McGrath ordered Mr Weinstein released on $1m cash bail.

Weinstein was immediately arrested on charges of rape, sexual abuse, sexual misconduct and committing a criminal sexual act based on two incidents with two separate women in New York, according to the New York City Police Department. The NYPD did the same, stating it "thanks these courageous survivors who have come forward".

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The accusations, first reported a year ago by the New York Times and the New Yorker, gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment of misconduct. We stand with the courageous women who came forward against Harvey Weinstein. Film actress Rose McGowan said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah, "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992 and Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008. Assistant D.A. and Special Counsel Joan Illuzzi stated in substance at the arraignment that Weinstein would be fitted with a monitoring device, which enables him to be tracked 24/7; if he wishes to travel beyond NY or CT, he must seek prior approval from the People and the Court; and he surrendered his passport, and may not apply for a new or replacement passport.

Prosecutors in the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., conducted dozens of interviews in NY and elsewhere and issued hundreds of subpoenas, and their inquiry is not over. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. "This is the first time since written history that women are being believed - begrudgingly, but still".

He will "vigorously defend himself", his lawyer said, arguing that his interactions with women were always consensual and that Weinstein "did not invent the casting couch".

Last month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wrote a letter ordering the state attorney general to investigate how Vance and the NYPD handled sexual assault allegations, including the 2015 accusations against Weinstein.

Media caption " It's a concrete slap in the face of abuse of power", says actor Rose McGowan on Harvey Weinstein being charged.

Evans confirmed to The New Yorker that she was pressing charges. The New York Times reported that the investigation will examine whether Weinstein violated federal stalking laws.

Meanwhile, separate investigations on sex crimes Weinstein was accused of committing in London and Los Angeles are now being conducted.

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