HARVEY WEINSTEIN TURNS HIMSELF IN TO FACE CRIMINAL SEX ACT CHARGES
For months, American film producer Harvey Weinstein has been facing numerous allegations of criminal sex acts. On Friday May 25, 2018, he turned himself in to the police to face these charges as the accusations continued to unfold. He was charged in court with first-degree rape and third-degree rape in one case, and first-degree criminal sex act in another.
More than 75 women now have shared their stories about their encounters with Weinstein, detailing the disturbing sexual assault that has been flying under the radar for so long. Many of the stories however, happened too long ago for prosecution in New York under a specific statute of limitations. He is being investigated in California and London as well, Britain being one of the places to not have a statute of limitations on rape cases. Their investigation dates some of the allegations back to the 1980’s.
Weinstein’s once very successful career has been destroyed, the numerous allegations leaving his company Weinstein Co. bankrupt and in shambles. He first created Miramax, the company that streamlined his career with the large success of movies such as Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love, and Good Will Hunting. In 2005, he founded Weinstein Co. with his brother Bob Weinstein, working closely with famous directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. Over the next 13 years he created even more hits such as Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds, Silver Linings Playbook, and The King’s Speech.
His success, wealth, and power was wrongfully used to silence women for decades. One of the first women to speak up about Weinstein was Lucia Evans, an aspiring actress who claims that he forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004. Since then a variety of actresses have chimed in as well including Rose McGowan, Annabella Sciorra, Natassia Malthe, Amber Battilana, and Paz de la Heurta. The time frame of accusations goes as far back as 1992. Multiple women have shared their stories in confidence, specifically the victims of rape, choosing to not be identified or linked to the public story. A few of the newer cases are still pending in the court system.
Later that day, Harvey posted his $1 million dollar bail, surrendered his passport, and was quickly released from jail. While out on bail, he must wear a monitoring device and restrict his travel to Connecticut and New York. Moving forward, the prosecution will have to be an intense cross-examination to attempt to prove the credibility of the complaints, as is the issue with many sex crime cases.
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