Harvey Weinstein still plans to plea "not guilty" after receiving rape charges

Harvey Weinstein at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes after party in Beverly Hills California. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday morning to face criminal charges in a months-long investig

Harvey Weinstein at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes after party in Beverly Hills California. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday morning to face criminal charges in a months-long investig

Asked what she'd say to Weinstein if she had the chance to confront him now, she answered, "We got you".

"I'll get to sit there and I'll get to look at him", she continued. "Imagine how exhausted we are of it, and by we, I mean most of the world who has been assaulted or attacked".

Lucia Evans, who said Weinstein forced her into oral sex in 2004, is thought to be one of the women whose cases triggered charges. "Today is for you - and also for the young women who would surely have become his next victims.Justice" - Actress Mia Farrow, also the mother of investigative journalist Ronan Farrow who helped break Weinstein story, addressing Mira Sorvino on Twitter.

Weinstein has consistently denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. - Weinstein attorney Benjamin Brafman, to reporters outside the courthouse.

He took aim at the accusations and accusers, noting that the alleged attacks weren't reported to police when they happened and suggesting potential jurors wouldn't believe the women.

Brafman said in a May court filing that federal prosecutors in NY had opened a separate criminal investigation into the allegations. Nothing about today's proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein's position.

Weinstein posted $1 million bail and was released after turning in his passport and agreeing to wear a GPS-enabled monitoring device.

Throughout, Weinstein was pale, sombre and cowed as the wheels of justice turned.

Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to the New York Police Department's First Precinct after be served with criminal charges by the Manhattan District Attorney's office on May 25, 2018 in New York City.

The Kazan biography is particularly on-the-nose for the voracious reader. Other suspects who recognized him yelled out, "Yo, Harvey!"

Without physical evidence, or at least robust corroborating evidence, an accusation from a woman - even from two women - has typically been insufficient to even bring a sexual assault or rape case, let alone convict.

Actress Rose Mc Gowan speaks at the inaugural Women's Convention in Detroit
Actress Rose Mc Gowan speaks at the inaugural Women's Convention in Detroit

Mr Brafman, one of the most experienced and aggressive trial lawyers in NY, said he meant to cross-examine the women who had accused Weinstein and that a 12-person jury would find him not guilty - if a "fair-minded" jury could be assembled. "We, the women, finally have real hope for justice", Weinstein accuser Asia Argento tweeted.

The New York Police Department announced that Weinstein had been "arrested, processed and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct".

Until the scandal, Weinstein was among the most influential forces in American film.

McGowan expressed her joy over Weinstein's arrest on Instagram when news first started to break on the matter on Thursday.

Who else has accused Mr Weinstein?

Some of Hollywood's biggest names have admitted they knew about Weinstein's misconduct.

Being of a certain status and wealth, Shapray says it's inevitable Weinstein's fame will lead to different treatment as he faces charges.

Authorities in California and London are also investigating assault allegations. They include TV hosts Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, comedian Louis C.K., Democratic U.S. Sen.

But on Friday, it was Weinstein in the spotlight.

Rose McGowan has been one of the most vocal of Harvey's victims; she has accused him of raping her at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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