Harvey Weinstein's Accusers React to His Arrest


Early Friday, Harvey Weinstein turned himself into police in NY and was arrested and charged on criminal sex charges, seven months after over 100 women in Hollywood came forward accusing the disgraced producer of sexual misconduct.

Weinstein and his team had pre-negotiated a bail package which included that he pay $1 million bail, wear an electronic monitor and surrender his passport.

"I have to admit I didn't think I would see the day that he would have handcuffs on him", she told ABC News in an interview taped Thursday, when news outlets first reported Weinstein's imminent surrender to authorities.

Weinstein pled not guilty to two charges stemming from two incidents in 2004 and 2013. Weinstein was accused of sexual harassment, assault and inappropriate behaviour by more than 50 women, which gave rise to the #MeToo movement.

Harvey Weinstein leaves the First Precinct police station in New York City, May 25, 2018.

Weinstein arrived at the station house shortly at about 7.25am local time on Friday (9.25pm AEST) wearing a dark jacket over a blue sweater and white open-collared shirt and dark denim jeans, carrying what appeared to be three thick books under his right arm.

"My job is not to defend behaviour", he said when grilled by journalists outside the Manhattan Criminal Court.

The charges stem from encounters with two of the dozens of women - some famous, some not - who have accused him of sexual misdeeds. The NYPD did the same, stating it "thanks these fearless survivors who have come forward". The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine were the first to report the accusations.

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She says he invited her to his office in Manhattan, saying he was looking for new talent and that she would be meeting with a female casting director.

NY police have previously confirmed an active Weinstein investigation regarding Evans, who was an aspiring actress at the time, and a credible rape allegation after "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta accused the former producer of raping her twice at her NY apartment in late 2010. That's a reference to #MeToo movement that sprang from initial reporting of Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct.

Weinstein's Italian attorney said on Saturday that Argento's allegations were "completely false".

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The attorney said Weinstein's accusers, once subjected to cross-examination, "will not be believed" by a jury of 12 - "assuming we get 12 people who are not consumed by the moment". It's not hard to imagine that Weinstein, a self-described Hollywood outsider, relates to one of the entertainment industry's one most accomplished and notorious figures.

"Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", Vance said in a statement.

"Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in a non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone", he wrote. Sivan alleged that more than a decade ago, Weinstein cornered her in the hallway of a NY restaurant and proceeded to masturbate in front of her, while he pleasured himself by a potted plant.

"In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes", she said.