Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to New York Police Friday morning and was arrested on charges that he raped one woman and forced another perform oral sex on him, and the police had to make special accommodations during his surrender.
Therefore prosecutors were able to bring a case based on accusations leveled by actor Lucia Evans, who spoke to the New Yorker previous year, that Weinstein had forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004.
"We are relieved and grateful that justice is coming, but we also mourn the cases where it didn't", Evans's lawyer, Carrie Goldberg, said in a statement to The Associated Press. Facing a jail bond of $10 million, he reportedly paid $1 million in the form of a cashier's check to post bail.
The charges follow a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office. Argento recently appeared during the Closing Ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival to reiterate her allegations: "In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes". He sought treatment for sex addiction at a facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, the New York Times reported.
The accusations, first reported by The New York Times and The New Yorker a year ago, gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government, and entertainment of misconduct.
He stepped out of a black SUV, clutching several books, among them what appeared to be the Rodgers and Hammerstein biography "Something Wonderful" and a book on director Elia Kazan, before walking into the police station. "The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office".
She said: 'I have to admit seeing Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs is something I never thought I'd see and it feels honestly, really good.
Other actresses who have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct include Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek. Weinstein's attorney Benjamin Brafman stated in a news conference that they, "intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges".More news: President Trump Says North Korea Summit Still Possible
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More than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing around the globe.
In the eight months since, scores of women have made sexual harassment and assault allegations against the movie mogul.
Allegations from dozens of women against the once-powerhouse producer catalyzed what became known as the #MeToo movement, a national reckoning about sexual misconduct.
"I keep thinking of all the women that I've talked to and I met over this period of time who have worked so hard and been so courageous and have suffered so much and put themselves on the line to commit to bringing him down because they believe he deserves that", Kendall added. Weinstein is now under constant electronic monitoring and is bound by a ban on traveling beyond NY and CT. The Weinstein Co's board fired him, and the company filed for bankruptcy in March.
"Just the idea of him getting out of a police vehicle with handcuffs is very satisfying because it makes it concrete", added the 55-year-old, who runs a trauma-training NGO in Los Angeles.