A New York Times article in early October began the downfall of a Hollywood mega producer. The months that followed involved increasing numbers of allegations, accusations and the formation of a movement. Victims were finally heard as names like Mira Sorvino, Ashely Judd, Salma Hayek, Asia Argento and Rose McGowan explained in detail how his assaults and actions resulted in destroying their careers, reputations, and nearly their lives.
That producer is beginning to face the reprucutions of his actions.
Harvey Weinstein was officially arrested on Friday and charged with rape in New York. Weinstein turned himself into the New York Police Department at the 1st Precinct in Tribeca early this morning. Weinstein is looking at first degree and third degree rape charges and a first degree criminal sexual act charge from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
After he exited the precinct at about 8:45am, the NYPD stated that Weinstein has been charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct involving two separate women. Weinstein spent 30 minutes at the precinct, sitting on the jail cell floor, flipping through the biography of director Elia Kazan, a book he brought with him. After exiting the precinct, his lawyer Benjamin Brafman issued a statement, saying to reporters “Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in nonconsensual sexual acts.”
While there are many stories and accounts that prove otherwise, Weinstein will have his side to tell in court. The now infamous movie producer faces years in prison, with movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp willing to do everything they legally can to make sure Weinstein receives the maximum punishment for his destructive behavior and actions.
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