Harvey Weinstein has finally faced a courtroom.
The disgraced Hollywood film mogul, accused of sexually assaulting more than 80 women, turned himself in to authorities in New York at 7.30AM local time, as expected after reports surfaced yesterday that he would.
Hundreds of media, photographers and members of the public looked on as Weinstein walked into the New York Police Department’s 1st Precinct, where he was fingerprinted and photographed. In the courtroom, he was formally charged with rape and a criminal sex act. The criminal sex act charge stems from an allegation made by Lucia Evans, who says Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004.
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The rape charge is related to an anonymous woman widely reported to be actress Paz de la Huerta, and related to an event that happened in her home in 2010.
Weinstein agreed to wear an electronic monitoring device, paid for at his own expense, and to surrender his passport. He is forbidden to leave New York State and bordering state Connecticut, where he has a home.
He left the courtroom handcuffed and in the grip of two detectives, one man and one woman. Weinstein posted $1 million in bail and was allowed to leave afterwards.
The next hearing is scheduled for July 30.
“The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice,” a police statement read.
“The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.”
Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein’s victims and the leader of the avalanche of allegations against him, appeared on US morning show Megyn Kelly Today soon after he was charged.
She said she “didn’t believe this day would come” and that it was both surreal and real at the same time.
Still, “this is a big strike into the heart of abuse of power,” she said.
“It shows people worldwide, which is what I was hoping the whole time, that this cannot and will not stand,” she said.
When asked what she would say to her abuser?
“We got you.”
The arrest comes eight months after the New York Times and New Yorker ran exposes publishing allegations of assault by dozens of women against Weinstein. The reports resulted in more than 80 women coming forward with their stories.
Weinstein denies the charges.