Harvey Weinstein Has Been Arrested On Multiple Rape and Sex Crime Charges
Harvey Weinstein has been arrested in New York City on criminal charges resulting from multiple allegations of sexual assault.
As we learned would happen yesterday, the disgraced studio mogul turned himself in to NYPD authorities on Friday morning. Weinstein was processed at a lower Manhattan police station around 7:30 am. According to The New York Times, Weinstein will be charged with first-degree rape and third-degree rape in one case, and first-degree criminal sex act in another case. These two cases stem from incidents with two separate women.
The criminal sex act charge relates to allegations made by actress Lucia Evans, who alleged that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him. Evans revealed her experience in a New Yorker exposé last year. The name of the victim of the rape charges has not been revealed, however Deadline notes those most likely stem from allegations made by Paz de la Huerta, who accused Weinstein of raping her on multiple occasions in 2010 in a Vanity Fair story. The NYPD has been investigating Huerta’s claims since last November.
The former studio head, who has been accused of sexual assault and harassment by over 80 women (as of this writing), is also under investigation for sex crimes in Los Angeles and London. He is expected to appear in court later today for an arraignment hearing. Weinstein’s bail will reportedly be set at $2 million, according to CNN, and in addition to giving up his passport, he could be ordered to wear a monitoring device. Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, has yet to comment, but has maintained that the former studio exec denies any allegations of “nonconsensual sex.”