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Photos: Harvey Weinstein Charged With Rape, Criminal Sexual Act

Oscar-winning movie producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of terrorizing dozens of women over decades, surrendered to police officers at the 1st Precinct in lower Manhattan this morning, before being formally charged with rape and criminal sex act. More than 100 journalists were outside, many shouting at Weinstein—who looked worn down and defeated—in an effort to get him to look up.

He will reportedly face criminal charges of rape and criminal sexual act. NYPD spokesman Eugene White said he'll be in the 1st Precinct, where he will be processed, for about an hour, before being taken to Manhattan Supreme Court to face a judge.

Weinstein walked in to the station carrying two books: Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum, and an autobiography of Elia Kazan.

Update, at 8:30 a.m. the NYPD released this statement: "Today, at the NYPD’s 1st Precinct, Harvey Weinstein was arrested, processed and charged with Rape, Criminal Sex Act, Sex Abuse and Sexual Misconduct for incidents involving two separate women. The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice. The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office."

A smirking and handcuffed Weinstein was led from the precinct house past a phalanx of photographers and into an unmarked police SUV for the short ride to the courthouse for his arraignment. When he was led into the courtroom, police still had his hands cuffed behind his back. Reporter JB Nicholas says that he "appeared disoriented" and "cast his glance around as if looking for someone in the crowd, and then not seeing the person he expected to."

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi said, "The defendant is charged with two violent felonies... for two separate forcible sexual assaults against two women," and noted that the charges were the result of "months of investigation."

"This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he could violate them sexually," she said.

Weinstein's defense attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said, "I did not come here to try the case," and emphasized how his client was "aware of this for many months" and how he voluntarily surrendered to police. Weinstein's passport was handed over to prosecutors.

His bail was set at $1 million cash (or $10 million bond; a check for $1 million is apparently being deposited this morning), with a 24/7 monitoring device paid for by him. His travel will be restricted to New York and Connecticut.

Police officers removed Weinstein's handcuffs after Illuzzi finished speaking. After the hearing, Nicholas described Weinstein as "lumbering" out of the courtroom.

The powerful mogul became an outcast last fall after investigations from the NY Times and the New Yorker revealed a history of intimidating women and allegations of sexual assault.

Since October 2017, more than 90 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

One of the accusers pressing charges is Lucia Evans, who told the New Yorker that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004. Evans, who was a college student and aspiring actress at the time, had only agreed to a meeting at Weinstein's Tribeca offices because a female casting executive was scheduled to speak with her. When she got there, Weinstein appeared; Evans recalled the assault, "I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t.' I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.” She added, "He’s a big guy. He overpowered me... I just sort of gave up. That’s the most horrible part of it, and that’s why he’s been able to do this for so long to so many women: people give up, and then they feel like it’s their fault."

Speaking to the New Yorker on Thursday, Evans confirmed she was pressing charges, “They said that if I do nothing, Harvey would walk. At a certain point, you have to think about the greater good of humanity, of womankind."

The other charge is related to an incident on March 18, 2013, where Weinstein allegedly kept a woman "physically against her will" at 569 Lexington Avenue and raped her, according to the Manhattan DA's office.

In a statement, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said, "Today’s charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation,” said District Attorney Vance. “I thank the brave survivors who have come forward, and my Office’s prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation. I would also like to thank Commissioner James O’Neill and our dedicated partners at the NYPD. We urge additional survivors and others with relevant information to call our Sex Crimes Hotline at 212-335-9373."

Vance's office was criticized for not pressing charges against Weinstein in 2015 after an Italian model, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, told police that he groped her during a meeting. The NY Times reported that Gutierrez received a settlement from Weinstein and the New Yorker published audio from the NYPD sting operation where Weinstein admitted to grabbing Gutierrez's breast.

The Manhattan D.A.'s office has since claimed that the NYPD didn't consult with them about the wire Battilana was wearing. But a senior police official told the Times, "We brought them a very good case. He admitted, twice, doing it. That’s probable cause to make an arrest."

Weinstein's other accusers, who ranged from aspiring actresses to famous Hollywood stars, like Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino, Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek, Lupita N'yongo, Rose McGowan, and Annabella Sciorra, described situations in which Weinstein begged them to massage him and other harrowing incidents when he allegedly sexually assaulted them. Sciorra recalled how Weinstein forced himself into her apartment: "He shoved me onto the bed, and he got on top of me... I kicked and I yelled," but he held her down.

Reports also revealed that Weinstein built a network of lawyers, publicists, and outside consultants (ex-Mossad agents) to threaten and intimidate victims as well as anyone investigating his behavior. Judd recently sued Weinstein, accusing him of essentially blackballing her in Hollywood after she rejected his aggressive advances.

Reporting by JB Nicholas

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