Accused sexual abuser Harvey Weinstein officially turned himself into police on May 25. He is expecting various criminal sex charges.
UPDATE 3: Harvey was indicted by a grand jury on multiple rape and sex crime charges on May 30.
UPDATE 2: New York City Divorce and Family Lawyer Raoul Felder tells HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that Weinstein could get up to 20 years in prison if found guilty: “It’s a very serious crime…I think he will get 20 years…whatever happens he’s going to be an old man before he gets out, if he’s convicted. He’s probably going to get sentences 10-20 years if they’re going to give him the upper most limit. That’s probably the highest sentencing he can get for this.”
UPDATE 1: Weinstein was arraigned at a New York City courthouse around 9:30am ET. The former Hollywood mogul agreed to post a $1 million cash bail, wear an electronic ankle monitor, and not travel beyond New York state and Connecticut. He did not enter a plea, which is common at this stage in a criminal case in New York.
ORIGINAL: Harvey Weinstein, 66, turned himself in to police in New York City related to sexual misconduct charges on May 25. He exited a black SUV at the precinct around 7:30 a.m. From there, he’ll head to Manhattan Criminal Court, where he’ll formally be presented with his charges after model Lucia Evans told investigators that Weinstein allegedly forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004, and another model claimed he raped her. Harvey was charged with rape, criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct.
Over 80 other women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein following reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker in 2017 from a number of women, including young actresses with whom he worked, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Uma Thurman. Weinstein has been accused of rape, sexual assault, harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct. He has “unequivocally denied” all accusations, and reportedly sought treatment, according to his rep, though it’s unclear what treatment that means.
— ABC News (@ABC) May 25, 2018
Weinstein’s alleged misconduct was the catalyst for the #MeToo movement and later, the Time’s Up movement, as more and more women (and some men) came forward publicly to share their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault. Weinstein’s arrest and charges come shortly after The Wall Street Journal reported that federal prosecutors in New York have started a sex-crimes investigation involving the producer. The US attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York is investigating, in part, whether Weinstein enticed or persuaded women to cross state lines with the intent of committing a sex crime, according to WSJ. This is potentially a federal offense.