Weinstein in court on sex crime charges

Harvey Weinstein revelations and accusations triggered the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment, especially involving people in positions of power. Many women have claimed improper behaviour over decades, and Weinstein was the subject of many.

For the first time, Weinstein has been charged and has appeared in court in New York. This may be the tip of a legal iceberg for him.

Reuters: Movie mogul Weinstein handcuffed in court to face sex crime charges

Film mogul Harvey Weinstein appeared in handcuffs in a New York court on Friday to face charges of rape and other sex crimes against two of the scores of women who have accused him of misconduct, ending his reign as a Hollywood kingpin.

Weinstein, the 66-year-old co-founder of the Miramax film studio and the Weinstein Co, intends to plead not guilty to the two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sexual act, his attorney, Benjamin Brafman, told reporters outside the Manhattan courthouse.

Prosecutors did not identify the two women, but said the crimes took place in 2004 and 2013. If convicted on the most serious charges, Weinstein could face between five and 25 years in prison.

Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women, with some of the cases dating back decades, has denied having nonconsensual sex with anyone.

The accusations, first reported last year by the New York Times and the New Yorker, gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment of misconduct.

Weinstein earlier turned himself in at a lower Manhattan police station around 7:25 a.m. EDT (1125 GMT). He carried thick books under his right arm, including what appeared to be biographies of Broadway musical legends Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and Elia Kazan, the director of such classic Hollywood films as “On the Waterfront.”

About 90 minutes later, Weinstein was led by officers into court in handcuffs, grimacing with his head bowed, his books nowhere in sight, to await arraignment.

“This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually,” prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said at Weinstein’s arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.

Judge Kevin McGrath ordered Weinstein released on $1 million cash bail. The defendant surrendered his U.S. passport and agreed to wear a monitoring device that tracks his location, confining him to the states of New York and Connecticut.

An irony on the legal privileges of the wealthy:

10 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  May 26, 2018

    Appeared in handcuffs? Fascinates me how like China & North Korea the US can be.

    • Pickled Possum

       /  May 26, 2018

      Appeared in handcuffs? Why does this korero fascinate you??
      Weinstein is an alleged criminal and like all alleged crims they get their hands tied up going to and leaving court … don’t want them to run away now.

      • Gezza

         /  May 26, 2018

        Oh, ok, Fair enuf. Now I can the see the risk they were managing.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 26, 2018

          I saw a local murderer in A & E, handcuffed to an warder. There were two warders, both with cuffs – he may have been handcuffed to both, I think, and when he was being undressed, he would have been always attached to one. He was the beast who beat to death the girl who had the big tattoo in a circle on her face that proclaimed that she belonged to him.Nobody beats someone to death the first time they beat them up, and Dion was no exception, but his property still loved him, the poor fool. Just like the girl in the Dickens story The Hospital Patient, who still loved her killer as she lay dying and wouldn’t admit that he had done this to her.

  2. Joe Bloggs

     /  May 26, 2018

  3. Zedd

     /  May 26, 2018

    I thought handcuffs were only put on, when being arrested &/or led away after being convicted ?

    must be a USA thing.. maybe he should have been ‘clapped in leg-irons’ too, to keep everyone safe ??

    • A chastity belt maybe.

      • Zedd

         /  May 26, 2018

        what happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty’ ?
        sounds like he has already been found guilty & sentenced by the court of public opinion ??

        Im not trying to defend his ‘alleged actions’ BUT methinks that some of these women may have led him on, to get ‘movie job favours’ ?

    • Gezza

       /  May 26, 2018

      In some states they do wheel em in in leg irons.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 26, 2018

        I am puzzled by the alleged victims being seen smiling on his arm afterwards at events and still being in films with him.

        If someone’s ‘forced to do oral sex’ on a bloke, why wouldn’t they bite it – hard ? Or just not open their mouth ? If they did that, it would be difficult for the man to force them to open it. I am dubious about that story and the one where he happened to turn up in the apartment foyer just when the girl had been poured in drunk. very late, so he was able to rape her again,

        I don’t envy the jury on this one.