Disgraced former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been charged with rape after turning himself in to authorities in New York City yesterday.
Weinstein, 66, is charged with rape in the first and third degrees, as well as criminal sexual act in the first degree, for forcible sexual acts against two women that occurred in 2013 and 2004.
Bond was set at $10 million. He paid $1 million in a cashier’s check to post bail, and agreed not to travel outside of New York State and Connecticut without advance permission from the court.
He also agreed to wear a GPS-enabled monitoring device.
Manhattan prosecutors alleged that he used his position, money and power to prey on young women sexually. The charges related to two women, former actress Lucia Evans, and another alleged victim of rape who has not yet been identified.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. said in a statement, “Today’s charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation.
“I thank the brave survivors who have come forward, and my Office’s prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation.”
“Mr. Weinstein will enter a plea of not guilty,” his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman told media. “We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges.” He added that Weinstein has maintained that all sexual activity he engaged in “was consensual.”
Weinstein’s arrest comes after more than 80 women accused him of sexual misconduct, sparking an anti-harassment movement that spread around the world, and ricocheting onto other men in the entertainment industry.
Actress Rose McGowan, who has also accused the Hollywood producer of rape, appeared on US TV in reaction.
“I feel shocked. I would say it’s just so big,” she told Good Morning America. “I have to admit I didn’t think I would see the day that he would have handcuffs on him. I have a visceral need for him to have handcuffs on.”
Actress Asia Argento tweeted, “Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell. We, the women, finally have real hope for justice.”