Oscar winning movie mogul Harvey Weinstein arrested in New York
By: Eileen Roberts, Xiro Xone News May 26, 2018 Updated: 9:15 AM PT
Friday morning, bystanders and photographers watches as Oscar winning movie mogul Harvey Weinstein walked as if his feet were aching, into the police department and turned himself in. Flanked by 2 plain-clothes officers, the movie mogul went in and was
charged with rape and sexual misconduct. He spent under an hour in a cell before heading to his arraignment.
By afternoon, Weinstein 66, was transported to a courthouse in lower Manhattan where he was released on $1 million bail and fitted with an electronic monitor. His travel was restricted to point between New York and Connecticut.
Some bystanders found it shocking that the Oscar and Tony winning producer of, movies like Shakespeare in love, and Broadway plays like the Producers, the co-founder of two studios, Miramax and the Weinstein Company, will forever be remembered as handcuffed, shuffling into court, accused of rape.
Weinstein did not speak other than to say “No” when asked if he had something to say.
He faces up to 25 years in prison if the charges are proven. The unidentified rape victim alleges, in 2013 Weinstein held her against her wishes in a hotel room, and raped her. Another woman alleged, he forced her to perform oral sex during a meeting in his office.
Actresses Paz de la Huerta said “Weinstein raped her twice,” Annabella Sciorra said, “he raped her in 1992,” and Rose McGowan who said Weinstein raped her in Utah in 1997.”
Allegations against Weinstein hit the public spotlight when, a woman went to police in New York with accusations that he groped her when she met him for a meeting in 2015. The police asked her to wear a wire and she agreed. On the recording, you can hear her say “you touched my breast” and he replied, “sorry, I won’t do it again.” But after the police reviewed the tape they declined to press charges citing, lack of evidence.
Once the door was opened, other women came forward with allegations. Several women and other actresses came forward and told what they encountered while alone with Harvey Weinstein. Their revelations prompted a movement and support from others who said, “Me too.”