Harvey Weinstein Has Officially Been Arrested And These Are The Charges He Will Face

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Sources say he's facing potentially years in jail.

What took so long for Harvey Weinstein to be arrested? After dozens of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and rape allegations came out against the former Miramax CEO that started #MeToo movement, Weinstein has officially been arrested. Police have since released details about his charges, bail and the terms of his agreement with the DA after two women pressed reported assault.  

On Friday, Weinstein, 66, turned himself in to the New York Police Department at the 1st Precinct in Tribeca. According to Deadline, sources say he is likely facing first- and third-degree rape charges as well as a first-degree criminal sexual act charge from the Manhattan District Attorney's office. 


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The police department issued a statement about Weinstein's arrest and said he was charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct. The charges come from incidents involving two different women, though the former Hollywood producer has been accused of sexual abuse, harassment, and inappropriate behavior by over 80 women. 

“The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice,” police said in the statement. “The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.”

His arrest comes months after allegations first surfaced, and many of his accusers wondered if he would ever be brought to justice. 

Weinstein's charges seem to stem from three incidents that fall within New York's statute of limitations from two different, unidentified women. One of them may be college student Lucia Evans who announced that she had press charges for an assault that occurred in 2004 when he forced her to perform oral sex on him. 

After meeting the producer at a club, he invited her to come in and read for a casting director at his Miramax office in NYC, Evans claimed. When she arrived, she was taken to meet him in a small room filled with exercise equipment and takeout boxes. They talked for a bit, and then Weinstein allegedly pulled out his penis. 


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"I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't,'' Evans said. "I tried to get away, but maybe I didn't try hard enough. I didn't want to kick him or fight him." 

"I just sort of gave up. That's the most horrible part of it, and that's why he's been able to do this for so long to so many women: people give up, and then they feel like it's their fault."

After the assault, Evans said Weinstein acted like nothing happened and repeatedly called her to meet up again, but she turned him down. She says she still has nightmares about their meeting even 15 years later and suffered from depression and an eating disorder in the years following. 

"At a certain point, you have to think about the greater good of humanity, of womankind," she said of her decision to file charges. 

There are nearly a dozen other lawsuits filed against Weinstein by other victims and police said they're working on another criminal case involving the producer. Boardwalk Empire actress Paz de la Huerta said that he raped her twice in 2010.

During his arraignment hearing, the judge set a bail of $10 million. Weinstein will be ordered to hand over his passport and wear a monitoring device. 

He still maintains his innocence and says that he has never engaged in nonconsensual sexual acts. Benjamin Brafman says Weinstein plans to plead not guilty. 


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