Harvey Weinstein has been charged with rape and other counts of sexual abuse involving two separate women. The disgraced movie producer maintained a smile despite being handcuffed shortly after turning himself into police in New York on Friday morning.
‘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 New York Police Department said in a statement on Friday morning. ‘The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice. The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.’
Weinstein has formed a two-person legal team for his defence team. ‘We do not believe an indictment of Mr. Weinstein is imminent. A formal presentation will be made on Mr. Weinstein’s behalf in the appropriate course of the investigation, and we strongly believe we will demonstrate that no criminal charges are warranted,’ his representative said last year. Blair Berk and Ben Brafman ‘will be defending Mr. Weinstein in any matters in New York.’