"Today, at the NYPD's 1st Precinct, Harvey Weinstein was arrested, processed and charged with Rape, Criminal Sex Act, Sex Abuse and Sexual Misconduct for incidents involving two separate women", the statement read. As journalist Ronan Farrow reported in The New Yorker a year ago, Evans alleges that in 2004, Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him after luring her into a hotel room alone under false pretenses.
Hours after it was announced that Weinstein will be surrendering to authorities in NY on Friday following a months-long investigation, the Charmed star took to Instagram to share her feelings. Leaders of Time's Up, #MeToo and other women's rights movements, including some of the women who say Weinstein raped them, are beginning to react.
The New York Times states he has negotiated a bail package in advance - which includes surrendering his passport and wearing a monitoring device.
Vance - a Democrat who faced public pressure from women's groups to prosecute Weinstein this time - said Friday's charges "reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation".
Besides the immediate satisfaction of seeing Weinstein face justice, McGowan said she firmly believes that his story, and the cultural quake that followed, will have a profound and lasting impact on how society treats powerful abusers who engage in sexual misconduct. 'I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, " she added.
Weinstein stands accused by more than 70 women of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some of the accusations going back decades.
Rose McGowan, one of first actresses in Hollywood to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault, said in a statement on Thursday at the news of his impending arrest that those alleged victims were now "one step closer to justice". "I thank the fearless survivors who have come forward, and my office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation".
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The victim in the rape case has not been identified. In Oct. 2017, after numerous actresses publicly detailed their encounters with Weinstein, Vance said that prosecutors in his office had felt the 2015 tape hadn't been enough evidence to charge Weinstein.
"It was like it was just another day for him", Evans said.
Numerous civil suits have been filed against Weinstein and his production firm The Weinstein Company, which has been accused of facilitating his predatory behavior. "I think five years from now, a lot of these weeds will be taken out".
London's Metropolitan Police have said they are also investigating an allegation of sexual assault against Weinstein, while prosecutors in Los Angeles said in February they were reviewing three accusations of sexual assault against him. He was the cult leader of Hollywood, I would say.
His past clients include former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who ultimately escaped criminal prosecution for alleged sexual assault in 2011.
Harvey Weinstein has been arrested and charged with rape after handing himself into police in NY.