Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Harvey Weinstein's accusers react to his arrest

Harvey Weinstein's accusers react to his arrest

New York Times journalist Jodi Kantor, who shared a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the Weinstein allegations, on Twitter listed the reactions she had heard from victims.

Though Weinstein's jail bond was set at a staggering $10 million, the accused was released after posting $1 million in cash - but not before being fitted with a Global Positioning System tracking device and ordered to surrender his passport.

He has denied having nonconsensual sex with anyone, and his lawyer Benjamin Brafman said he intends to plead not guilty.

These are the first criminal charges against Weinstein, who has also been the subject of several civil suits.

In this courtroom sketch, Harvey Weinstein, center, is escorted into New York County Criminal Court in New York on Friday, May 25, 2018. Two of them appeared to be: "Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution" and "Elia Kazan: A Biography".

He is expected to be taken to Manhattan Criminal Court later on Friday to be arraigned on the charges, USA media reports. Dozens of women have come forward with stories accusing him of sexual misdeeds ranging from harassment to assault.

The statement thanked "these courageous survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".

Weinstein was charged after a seven-month investigation in NY and more than 20 years of alleged misconduct.

"This wasn't a smile to say, 'Be on my side, ' or 'Hey, I'm innocent.' It was freakish and suggestive that he may feel he is going to get away with this or that I've gotten away with this for this long", she explains.

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Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein's most outspoken accusers, told The Hollywood Reporter Friday's arrest brings victims "one step closer to justice".

Seven months after the allegations destroyed his career and catalysed the #MeToo movement, the once-powerhouse movie producer turned himself in to face the charges.

"People are so sad, and they are so sick of it", McGowan said of the many other powerful men who have faced sexual misconduct allegations since Weinstein's downfall.

Mr Weinstein was sacked past year from his production firm, the Weinstein Company, which later filed for bankruptcy.

On Friday she tweeted, "Harvey Weinstein ain't smiling now".

"Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement.

Asked what she'd say to Weinstein if she had the chance to confront him now, she answered, "We got you". He said his client entered a plea of not guilty, and will attempt to have the charges dismissed.

According to the Times' Ben Mueller, one of the two women cited in the charges is actress Lucia Evans, who told her story to journalist Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker a year ago. McGowan said in a statement Thursday, "I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein's survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law".

In the courthouse Weinstein and his attorney cut a $1m check to secure his bond, or 10% of the $10m bail that was set, as is customary in most USA jurisdictions.

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